Mineral Processing and Analytical Equipment

The Minerals Research Laboratory facility in Asheville combines mineral processing equipment and an analytical support facility for flexible batch and continuous pilot plant research.

Pilot Plant Studies

High-efficiency hydraulic separator for mineral concentration, desliming and particle size separation

High-efficiency hydraulic separator for mineral concentration, desliming and particle size separation.

Spiral concentrator used to separate minerals by gravity concentration

Spiral concentrator used to separate minerals by gravity concentration.

Pilot plant flotation cell showing details of feldspar concentration in froth

Pilot plant flotation cell showing details of feldspar concentration in froth.

Pilot plant cyclone for continuous testing

Pilot plant cyclone for continuous testing.

Kiln and dryer for continuous pilot plant studies

Kiln and dryer for continuous pilot plant studies.

Laboratory high bay area for pilot plant studies

Laboratory high bay area for pilot plant studies.

Bench Laboratory Testing

Crushing and grinding equipment

Crushing and grinding equipment.

Separation of minerals by specific gravity using heavy liquids

Separation of minerals by specific gravity using heavy liquids.

High intensity dry magnetic (Frantz) separator for mineralogical characterization

High intensity dry magnetic (Frantz) separator for mineralogical characterization.

Gemini table for separation of minerals by gravity

Gemini table for separation of minerals by gravity.

Mineral Characterization

Bond grindability unit to determine hardness and grinding characteristics of ores

Bond grindability unit to determine hardness and grinding characteristics of ores.

XRF Analyzer

XRF Analyzer

Contact Angle Analyzer and Microscopes with attached cameras

Contact Angle Analyzer and Microscopes with attached cameras.