Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Compan G., Pizarro E. and Videla A. (2015)

Geometallurgical model of a copper sulphide mine for long-term planning

Revista : Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Volumen : 115
Páginas : 1-8
Tipo de publicación : ISI


One of the main problems related to mining investment decisions is the use of accurate prediction models. Metallurgical recovery is a major source of variability, and in this regard, the Chuquicamata processing plant recovery was modelled as a function of geomining-metallurgical data and ore characteristics obtained from a historical database. In particular, the dataset gathered contains information related to feed grades, ore hardness, particle size, mineralogy, pH, and flotation reagents. A systemic approach was applied to fit a multivariate regression model representing the copper
recovery in the plant. The systemic approach consists of an initial
projection of the characteristic grinding product size (P80), based upon energy consumption at the particle size reduction step, followed by a flotation recovery model. The model allows for an improvement in the investment decision process by predicting performance and risk. The final geometallurgical model uses eight operational variables and is a significant improvement over conventional prediction models. A validation was performed using a recent data-set, and this showed a high correlation coefficient with a low mean absolute error, which reveals that the geometallurgical
model is able to predict, with acceptable accuracy, the actual
copper recovery in the plant.