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5th International Seminar on Mineral Processing Technology [MPT-2004]
Bhubaneswar, India, February 19-21, 2004

Annually Indian Institute of Mineral Engineers [IIME] organizes International Seminar during January/February. The IIME having members from various educational Institutions,Premier R&D Laboratories and mineral based industries creates a platform annually for all the fraternity of IIME to meet.The objective is to facilitate dissemination of the latest novel techniques, new equipments, technological innovations related to various mineral based industries etc amongst the members. Besides, the various problems being faced by the mineral and its related Industries will be discussed to enable the scientific fraternity of mineral Engineers to find remedial solutions.

This year the 5th MPT-04 Seminar was held at Regional Research Laboratory ,Bhubaneswar jointly with Indian Institute of Mineral Engineers during 19-21st February 2004 under the Chairmanship of Dr Vibhuti Narain Misra, Director, Regional Research Laboratory, Bhubaneswar with the able support of Dr G.V.Rao, Deputy Director, Regional Research Laboratory, Bhubaneswar as the Organizing Convener of this mega event. The Programme was inaugurated by His Excellency Sri M.M.Rajendran, Governor of Orissa who has highlighted the role of Mineral Engineers in converting the waste into wealth by adopting suitable state-of-the-art technologies on lean and low grade ores and help the country to develop economically.

The seminar was attended by 17 overseas delegates from Australia, Germany, Brazil, Turkey, Sweden, Iran, Egypt and Malaysia. Overall, around 220 delegates representing large number of R&D scientists/Engineers, technicrats, entrepreneurs and academia have attended the seminar. During the 3 day seminar, 17 invited lectures were delivered in the plenary and Special invited lecture sessions from very eminent persons in the fields of Characterisation, beneficiation, environment, bio-technology and application of genetic algorithm in mineral processing etc. A special technical session was organized to highlight the significant contributions by Indian R&D and Academic institutions where topics like a) Demonstration Bioreactor plant at Hutti mines for bio-processing of refractory gold concentrates ,b) on the possible utility of waste chromite overburden as the future nickel resource, c) purification of industrial effluents by electro-flotation and d) Genetic algorithm based optimization applied to an industrial grinding operation were presented.

Apart from the invited lectures, 100 technical papers covering the Characterization, ,Industrial ,ferrous and non-ferrous mineral, coal preparation, process development, bio-beneficiation, modeling and waste & Environment management areas, were presented in 12 technical sessions which were conducted in 3 parallel sessions.

A special session on Research-Industry interaction meet was also organized to enable to Industry representatives to highlight the various problems of their plant, R&D needs in various mineral and related areas before the fraternity of Mineral Engineers.

Technical papers on 1.Preconcentration by sensor based sorting device in mineral processing : 2.Pelleting flocculation for improvement of the dewatering properties of fine separation( from Germany), 3. CSIRO research activities on Iron ore : 4.Sustainability in resource industries (from Australia), 5.Utility of Reichert Spiral/MGS for treating chromite fines (from Turkey), 6. Reflectance measurements on coal and Industrial minerals : Problems of Ca 2+ ions interference in desliming, flotation of iron ore (from Brazil ) and the research at the interface between Industrial needs and scientific demands (from Sweden) were some of the significant overseas presentations.

Application of Coronastat Electrostatic separator with three electrode combination for improved separation of conducting minerals in industrial minerals session, Bio-processing of refractory gold ores, iron ore slimes, metals from Ocean nodules ,In-situ leaching of metals from the underground copper mines in Bio-Beneficiation session, application of rotating wheel air classifier for fly ash classification, technology up-gradation at iron ore slime beneficiation system, Semi auto-genous grinding circuit control studies at NMDC in the area of Process development, are some of the papers evoked interest among the participants.

Special presentations on recovery of granular sillimanite from beach sands, Radiological impact assessment and management plan of uranium mining project, Bio-technology for beneficiation of complex sulphide ores and the role of mineral processing fraternity for development of metallurgical industries were made by eminent persons during this seminar.

The seminar proceedings volume of 828 pages edited by Dr. G.V.Rao and Dr V.N.Misra and published by Ms Allied Publisher, New Delhi with ISBN number 81-7764-599-4 was released on 19th February and copies were made available to all delegates besides a CD containing all the papers of the proceedings volume and souvenir.

Dr. G.V. Rao Email: mpt-2004@rrlbhu.res.in




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