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The JKMRC has a long and proud history of creating thought leaders for industry through higher degree by research projects.  Professor Alban Lynch was the first JKMRC alumnus to be awarded a PhD in 1964, and since then more than 260 PhDs and MPhils have become part of the JKMRC alumni network that is now leading the world in mining and minerals processing operational improvement. 

    

Postgraduate students have the privilege of working with internationally respected researchers and leading industry partners in the fields of mining and mineral processing, and have access to state of the art pilot plant and laboratory facilities at SMI’s Indooroopilly site.  A strong industry focus and applied research projects provide candidates with both academic challenges and opportunities to engage with minerals industry professionals.

PhD Projects

  1. Development of an empirical relationship to model turbulance in a full scale flotation machine (Germán Figueroa)
  2. Influence of Muscovite on the Flotation of Pyrite (Erica Avelar)
  3. Ore pre-concentration using high voltage pulses (Wei Huang)
  4. Understanding in the breakage behaviour of highly altered ores (Farhad Faramarzi)
  5. Development of a High Voltage Pulse Testing Facility for Ore Pre-Concentration (Daniel Lay)
  6. Linking comminution objective function with recovery potential (Juan Frausto Gonzalez)
  7. Linking ore characteristics and comminution behaviour  (Pia Lois Morales)
  8. Modelling the impact of ore (feed) characteristics on mill performance (Constanza Paredes Bujes)
  9. Development of an Empirical Model of the Hydrofloat Cell suitable for Flowsheet Circuit Simulation (Konuray Demir)
  10. Dynamic simulation of materials handling and storage in dry comminution circuits (Ziming Ye)
  11. Differential separation of high Au and low Au pyrite species in gold ores (Ditend Tesh)
  12. Development of a model informed process control system for Coal (Joyce Siong)

Masters/Honours Projects

  1. Rheology study of the Lihir grinding circuit (Peter William Legge)
  2. Understanding Comminution where a high speed Stream of particles encounters a stationary anvil (Raoni Antunes Ferreira Lage)
  3. The Investigation into Multi-Stage Impact Breakage (Bernard Selasie Agbenuvor)
  4. Promoting selective breakage using various forms of abrasion techniques (Alfred Septian)

Topics for future students

Potential topics currently available for postgraduate research projects in the area of Digital Mine are listed below:

For further information, please contact Dr Mohsen Yahyaei

  1. The Digital Mine
  2. Process prediction and control
  3. Dynamic modelling
  4. Surface breakage and liner wear

Potential topics currently available for postgraduate research projects in the area of Mineral liberation modelling and comminution are listed below:

For further information, please contact Dr Marko Hilden

  1. Mineral texture and liberation
  2. Unit models AG/SAG mills, HPGR, Vibrating screens
  3. Multicomponent and dynamic circuit simulation

Potential topics currently available for postgraduate research projects in the area of breakage characterisation are listed below:

For further information, please contact Dr Benjamin Bonfils

  1. Ore characterisation: mechanical properties of rock particles, influence of texture on mechanical properties
  2. Mechanistic comminution models
  3. Dynamic mill modelling
  4. Circuit simulation: JKMdk, model development

Potential topics currently available for postgraduate research projects in the area of process improvement technologies are listed below:

For further information, please contact Mr Ryan Bracey

  1. Process Improvement Tools
  2. Fundamental understanding of novel comminution devices

JKMRC has developed many industry focussed training programs in specialised areas such as comminution, flotation, process mineralogy and statistics which are offered through SMI Education (Link to: https://smi.uq.edu.au/smi-where-can-smi-rhd-take-you) or our partner JKTech (Pty) Limited:

  1. Comparative Statistics and Experimental Design
  2. Conducting and Analysing Plant Trials
  3. JKSimFloat training
  4. JKSimMet training
  5. JK Value Chain Optimisation
  6. JK Webinars
  7. MetSkill