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Potash – Process Modelling for a Growing Industry

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As the global population increases and the diets of people around the world include more protein, potash production is becoming increasingly important. Primarily used to produce fertiliser, potash refers to a broad range of compounds bearing potassium (K). As one of the “Big 3” essential nutrients in commercial fertilisers, NPK – Nitrogen, Phosphorus & Potassium[1], potassium is vital to crop…

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Bayer Process Modelling for the Alumina Industry

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Aluminium oxide (Al2O3), or alumina, is an important feedstock in a range of industries, primarily aluminium smelting, but also the production of abrasives, refractories, ceramics, glass, electronics and even cosmetics. Purity and particle size of this white powder must be carefully managed during its refining to meet strict downstream criteria. Alumina refineries employ the Bayer process (named for its inventor…

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SysCAD in the Life Cycle of Plant Development

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Process Development Life Cycle Mineral and chemical processing operations tend to follow a typical life cycle – starting with feasibility studies and detailed engineering design, through to construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance, and often followed by process improvement projects and plant expansion. At all stages, different process options or methodologies must be considered. Decisions are made based on factors such…

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