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Department of Ore Minerals

Department of ore minerals provides complex services in the field of mining and processing of solid minerals.

The staff of the Department in the direction of "ore minerals" consists of highly qualified specialists with a profile geological, mining and metallurgical, and physical, and mathematical education, and significant experience in projects of Russian and Western companies. The department is headed by Stanislav Kondrashenko.

 

Creation of technologies for complex processing of mineral raw materials

The laboratory of ore minerals is equipped with modern analytical and technological equipment that makes it possible to carry out a full range of studies: from studying the material composition of samples to modeling in the laboratory conditions of technology for processing and obtaining marketable products from ores, concentrates and man-made raw materials.

 

To create technology for complex processing of mineral raw materials, the Department of Ore Minerals provides a wide range of services:

  • Mineralogical and technological research the material composition of ores and processed products
  • Laboratory tests and studies on enrichment and metallurgy
  • Development of effective hydrometallurgical technologies
  • Development of technical solutions in the field of ecology and environmental protection, utilization of industrial waste

 

Three-dimensional reconstruction of the sample:

 

The technologies and technical solutions that we develop are:

  • complex;
  • resource-saving;
  • environmentally friendly;
  • universal.

Modeling and optimization of production processes

Modeling of technological processes and creation of 3D model for industrial devices and units allows visualizing operation of the equipment and ongoing processes, persuading complex analysis, identifying of "bottlenecks," and selecting optimal parameters and regimes to increase production efficiency and product quality.

3D-model and visualization of the operation of the drum magnetic separator PBM-PP 300/120:

   
         
     

 

The field of temperature in the cross section of the recuperator:

 

 

Temperature distribution on the surface of the heat transfer tube:

 

 

 

 

Development for monitoring and on-line control systems

Development of diagnostic and operational monitoring systems and equipment for different technological processes are one of the mainstreams in the Department. These ensure reliable and smooth operation of production facilities Systems based on optical sensors provide customer with an effective and reliable tool to control parameters of technological processes and operating regimes of the equipment, to perform intelligent diagnostics and provide instant failure detection, which will raise up both efficiency of exploitation the company's resources and quality of finished product or service.

Examples of practical implementation of the Center's developments in this area:

In Oil and gas and chemical industries, from well operation to the processing of raw materials and final products, for environmental control in the mining and processing areas

In mining and metallurgical industry, starting with monitoring the physical condition of mine workings, quarries and mines, ending with monitoring of technological processes and, for example, melting equipment

In pipeline industry for monitoring the functional state of pipelines and their protection

In power industry for monitoring transmission lines, power generators, facilities and other

 

Solving problems as:

  • Material and component selection for an optical system to monitor a customer’s object;
  • Design-project development and testing facility buildup;
  • Experimental treatment to define and diagnose critical parameters with optical tools;
  • Expert conclusion on definition possibility with optical tools and methods for technical parameters of customer’s interest;
  • Economic and financial estimate for practical implementation of our solutions.

 

The concept of “a smart pipe” is a unique proposal of ours that is an optical monitoring system to diagnose and prevent abnormal, malfunctional or disastrous operation while exploiting a gas- or oil-pipeline. There has been a lack of universal methods (set of methods) so far, which would be able to provide a comprehensive pipe monitoring throughout all critical parameters simultaneous. The method that has been developed in the CET-MIPT and is to embed optical sensors right while producing a pipe, provides highest duty cycles for the whole monitoring systems that, in turn, implies sensor’s long line and ease request for any additional service or equipment. Sensors that are embedded directly at a steel plant enables it to outcome with top-quality products, to minimize the deviation of specifications, and to elucidate human factors on the data to be delivered by the system. The “smart-pipe” concept when having been implemented, reduces considerably repair and services costs that is due to the realistic estimate determined for pipe wear as well as provides a secure and accident-free exploitation.

 

Pipe length with sensors embedded; fiber sesors for temperature,
pressure, and deformation

 

Sensor embedding on a steel plant

Technological audit and consulting

The technological audit of an enterprise allows to obtain reliable data on manufacturing condition, technological process match to indicators planned, efficiency of the equipment and of the enterprise as a whole. The information obtained enables specialists of the Department to conduct a systematic analysis of the enterprise's performance and develop recommendations and measures to optimize and improve the efficiency of existing manufacturing. These include recommendations for improving technology, enhancement of both qualitative and quantitative indicators, identification available technical reserves, prospective areas of work, and expected technological indicators.

In addition, department specialists can provide the following services:

  • Processing research results, interpretation of obtained results, determination of an input data for a pre-project development
  • Reviewing and expert evaluation of scientific, technical and project documentation
  • Developing design and technological documentation
  • Developing technological regulations with input data for design and envisaging feasibility studies