Scientists address advances in mathematical modeling for more sustainable flotation processes

Scientists address advances in mathematical modeling for more sustainable flotation processes

The project, led by the Center for Mathematical Modeling (CMM) of the University of Chile, held the second symposium where it presented advanced results with direct industrial applications.

During the last two days of June, the second symposium of the ANID Ring Project (ACT210030) entitled ‘Advances in mineral processing, bioprocesses and wastewater treatment’ was held at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Talca and was organized by the director of the Department of Civil Engineering of Mines, Dr. Lina Uribe Vélez.

“It has been a very enriching event, where we have had speakers from other countries and other cities, all within a broad framework of mineral processing (…) We have seen the approaches used by different researchers to address the problems that occur in mineral processing with a view to the circular economy, in the sustainable development of the processes”, explained the director of the Ring Project and CMM researcher, Fernando Betancourt Cerda.

Fernando Betancourt (UdeC, CMM and CI²MA) and Francisco Rivas (U. de Talca).

“It’s quite interesting, one can think ten years ago the types of problems being addressed were very productive. Today the approaches are much more holistic and consider the environmental part, using ecologically friendly reagents. All aiming to make the process sustainable and viable and that we as a group of researchers can contribute a grain of sand”, explained the researcher of the Center for Research in Mathematical Engineering (CI²MA) and academic of the Department of Metallurgical Engineering of the U. de Concepción (UdeC).

Meanwhile, the UdeC academic, CMM researcher and deputy director of CI²MA, Raimund Bürger, emphasized that “the markedly interdisciplinary approach has been very enriching and several applied problems were identified that could have future mathematical applications (…) I take this opportunity to thank my colleagues Fernando Betancourt and especially the local host, Lina Uribe, for the excellent organization and management of the event”.

The event was attended by speakers from the aforementioned national institutions, as well as from the U. del Bío-Bío and other international institutions such as the U. de Valencia (Spain) and the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) of The University of Queensland (Australia).

Raimund Bürger (UdeC, CMM and CI²MA), Leopoldo Gutiérrez (UdeC), María Carmen Martí (U. de València) and Yissedt Lara (U. Católica del Maule).

The event was supported by the National Agency for Research and Development (ANID), through the CRHIAM (ANID/Fondap/15130015), Anillo New models of flotation in the mining industry: simulation, experimental validation, and prediction tools for treatment of complex ores (ANID/PIA/ACT210030), the Center for Mathematical Modeling (CMM, BASAL projects ACE210010 and FB210005) and Fondecyt 1210610.

By Iván R. Tobar Bocaz, CMM Concepción Communications.

Posted on Jul 25, 2023 in News