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The Center for Advanced Mineral, Metallurgical and Materials Processing


CAMP offers consulting, research, industrial process development and testing facilities focused on providing high-quality solutions to industrial clients worldwide by supporting, developing and adding value to the global mineral, metallurgical and materials industry. CAMP benefits from an accomplished staff of scientists and engineers coupled with the ability to draw upon the expertise of Montana Tech faculty members from all disciplines.

Scope of Services

Mineral Processing Applications

The Center’s hands-on industrial experience and fully equipped mineral processing laboratory provides CAMP engineers the ability to accommodate large and small scale projects. The Center’s capabilities include process design, modeling, evaluation, and testing in:

  • Crushing, Grinding, Classification
  • Flotation
  • Gravity, Magnetic, Electrostatic, and Heavy Media Separations
  • Knelson Concentration
  • Bond Work Indices

Hydrometallurgical Applications

CAMP professionals 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:

  • Cyanide/Thiosulfate/Sulfur Based/Chloride/Sulfate/Ammoniacal
  • Autoclave/Stirred Tank/Heap/Dump/In-situ Leaching
  • Chemical Speciation Research
  • Solvent Extraction/Ion Exchange
  • Electrometallurgy
  • Crystallization
  • Gaseous Precipitation
  • Cementation
  • Diagnostic Leaching for Copper and Gold Ores
  • Wastewater Treatment

Pyrometallurgical Applications

CAMP engineers have an extensive knowledge base and many years of experience in Pyrometallurgical Applications including:

  • Materials Synthesis
  • Smelting, Converting, Refining
  • Agglomeration
  • Calcining
  • Roasting

Materials Applications

CAMP’s ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited laboratory provides complete materials characterizations. Equipment and testing capabilities include:

  • Flex, Compression, Tension, and Shear Testing
    • 55 kip MTS Hydraulic Universal Test Frame
    • 100 kN Shimadzu Universal Test Frame
    • 10 kN Shimadzu Universal Test Frame
  • Split Hopkinson Bar Test Frame
  • Tinius Olsen Pendulum Impactor
  • Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA)
  • HiRox 3D Digital Microscopes for surface imaging

Analytical Support

CAMP can determine the qualitative and quantitative composition of geological, metallurgical, and mineral process samples through extensive analytical capabilities which include:

  • LEO 1430 VP Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) with Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS)
    • Automated Mineralogy using Mineral Liberation Analysis (MLA)
  • TESCAN MIRA 3 - Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FE-SEM)
    • Automated Mineralogy using a TESCAN Integrated Mineral Analyzer (TEMA)
    • Cathodoluminescence (CL)
    • Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS)
    • Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (WDS)
    • Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD)
    • Automated Mineralogy with TIMA-X
  • Rigaku Ultima IV X-ray Diffractometer w/ Thermal Stage up to 1400oC
  • Bruker S2 Ranger X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer
  • Thermo Electron Duo View iCAP 6500 ICP-OES
  • Metallographic Analysis
  • Aqueous Speciation Modeling
  • Wet Chemistry
  • Sulfur and Carbon Analysis
  • Thermal Evaluations
    • Thermal Gravimetric Analyzer (TGA)
    • Simultaneous Differential Scanning Calorimeter and Thermal Gravimetric Analyzer (DSC/TGA)
    • Dilatometer