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The Center for Advanced Mineral, Metallurgical and Materials Processing

Hydrometallurgical Applications

CAMP engineers have extensive, hands-on, Industrial and R&D Hydrometallurgical expertise gained from many years in plant and laboratory settings. From pre-feasibility bench scale testing through plant process design and auditing, the Center offers a broad spectrum of hydrometallurgical services.

Leaching System Analysis

Autoclave Analysis: Used for high temperature and pressure analysis, this stirred tank reactor can give valuable insight as to how a given system will react under varying conditions including alteration of overpressure composition and agitation. CAMP can chemically model your autoclave treatment system.

Heap leaching: Can be a cost effective means of separation for many operations. Through the use of pilot scale heap leach analysis, including efficient grinding/crushing analysis, CAMP can best recommend the right parameters to make sure your hydromet application operates efficiently and cost effectively.

Dump Leaching: Requires adequate space and subsequent efficient leaching to ensure an operation continues operation. CAMP can readily assist a company in all manners concerning dump leaching systems, to ensure a consistent effective extraction.

In-situ Leaching: Also known as solution mining, can be an effective alternative for many mining operations. Relying on integration bore-holes to introduce leachate solution, the desired product is effectively dissolved and pumped to the surface for further treatment. CAMP can readily identify all the components for such processes, from the best way to reach the ore, to collection systems, and even subsequent treatment techniques.

Chemical & Reactor Separation Analysis

Chemical Separation: A sometimes overwhelming task to clients is determining an effective chemical extractant to recover a desired product. Clients need experts to evaluate this ever changing environment to keep a competitive advantage. CAMP prides itself on keeping up-to-date on state of the art separation solutions and has the know-how to test these solutions to see if they are right for you and your operations. Example studies conducted at CAMP include, but are not limited to:

  • Cyanide leach and/or destruction systems
  • Sulfur-based systems, including sulfate and sulfide
  • Chloride systems
  • Ammonia leach systems
  • Nitrate acid and catalyzed oxidation
  • Solvent extraction separation and metal recovery
  • Ion exchange separation and metal recovery
  • Diagnostic leaching to identify elemental speciation in solids
  • Wastewater treatment, especially for removing arsenic, selenium, mercury and metals
  • Disposal of solid waste formed during wastewater clean-up

Chemical Speciation Analysis

In many applications it may not be clearly evident as to what is truly happening within the system. Chemical speciation analysis can provide invaluable information that can be used to optimize and refine a design, an operation, or even identify a potential hurdle in a process system. Often companies or design teams are left waiting on labs to move forward to the next phase of their operation, but CAMP, as a fully integrated analytical facility, has the capability and expertise to provide accurate and timely results.

Electrometallurgy Analysis

An important sector in separation technology, electrometallurgy capitalizes on the use of electrical current to separate valuable materials from ores or refine materials. CAMP has the ability to draw from knowledgeable colleagues that have years of experience in the electrometallurgy field and can take your project from concept to operation with expertise in modeling and pilot scale projects.

Deposition & Precipitation Analysis

Applications of deposition and precipitation are widely found in industry as means for separation, refining, and even treatment. CAMP has the professionals to provide the knowledge and experience to analyze existing systems, evaluate proposed designs, and even design industrial applications that use deposition and precipitation as primary means of processing.

Areas of specialization include:

  • Reagent Precipitation
  • Crystallization
  • Gaseous Precipitation
  • Cementation

Wastewater Treatment Analysis

CAMP has benefited greatly from being situated in Butte, Montana where waste issues and water have always been a community concern, and continue to drive state-of-the-art research and design. CAMP can take lessons learned, as well as develop cutting-edge technologies to best address your wastewater issues. CAMP has world recognized professionals who are experienced in helping to identify appropriate technologies for the removal of arsenic, selenium, thallium, mercury and metals from wastewater, process and drinking waters.