Pia Lois-Morales, a Geologist from Chile, is a current PhD candidate at the Sustainable Minerals Institute’s JKMRC.  Before joining SMI, Pia completed her MSc where she defined flotation domains for Escondida mine, through the integration of mineralogical, geochemical and processing parameters. In addition, Pia worked as a Geomet consultant in Chile for 2 years, in diverse projects from comminution to tailings deposition.  Pia is passionate about understanding what are the geological controls that influence processing behaviour and believes that more fundamental research will lead to a better integration of geological information into processing prediction.

Increasing complexity of ore deposits requires better prediction of comminution properties. Current laboratory-scale comminution characterisation tests do not allow the decoupling of ore properties from the machine environment. In this research a fundamental approach has been applied to isolate the primary breakage properties of rock (i.e. Fracture Force, Tensile Strength, Stiffness) and investigate the relationships between these breakage properties and the ore characterisation (mineralogy, texture) which would be useful for geometallurgical applications, new comminution modelling and for prediction of processing characteristics before the physical testwork is undertaken.

About JKMRC Friday Seminars

Welcome to the 2019 Series of the JKMRC Friday Seminars.  The list of presentations covers a large breadth of interesting topics, from social licence to operate, to mineral processing through to mine closure.

If you wish to watch past presentations or a missed Seminar, you can access the videos uploaded to YouTube through the following link: https://www.youtube.com/user/smiuq