Strategic R&D investment benefits bottom line
Despite the unprecedented downturn facing Australia’s minerals industry now is the time to invest in strategic research and development, according to CSIRO Minerals Chief Dr Bart Follink.
Carbothermal production of magnesium
Production of magnesium currently relies on an energy intensive, inefficient process that is relatively slow and costly. Light Metals Flagship research is investigating alternative production pathways that will cut production costs and boost energy efficiency.
Environmentally friendly microbes go mining (Podcast 06 Mar 2009)
An extremophile is any microbe that has adapted to living conditions of extreme temperature, pressure or chemical concentration. This adaption allows certain types of extremophile bacteria to be used in the extraction of metal from ore through the process of bioleaching. (4:25)
Digging up energy savings (Podcast 04 Jun 2009)
With the threat of climate change, the mining industry in Australia, like many other industries, is keen to explore new technology to help reduce the use of fossil fuels and resulting greenhouse gas emissions. (4:30)
Making icecream even creamier (Podcast 11 May 2007)
A laser diffraction technique used to examine crushed ores is now being used to improve the quality of icecream and chocolate. In this four-and-a-half-minute podcast, Laboratory Manager, Rick Hughes explains how the technique works. (4:33)
Particle analysis service: request form
CSIRO’s Particle Analysis Service delivers prompt, reliable analyses of particulate materials to a wide range of processing operations throughout the world. Complete this form to request an analysis. (3 pages)
Using x-ray diffraction to solve minerals processing problems
X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis is used to identify minerals present in raw materials. CSIRO Process Science and Engineering has a long and successful history in applying XRD to understand the mineralogical changes occurring in complex processes.
Water shows its worth
Life cycle assessment (LCA) methodologies have been used to calculate and compare the economic value of water used in the minerals sector with that used in the industrial and agricultural sectors.
Step-by-step approach unblocks operations' heart
Researchers investigating techniques for removing carbon fouling from gas outlet tubes discovered that the water-lancing technique being used ‘was a bit like squirting a garden hose into a tornado’.
Treating and utilising waste overview
CSIRO works with various industry sectors to develop improved technologies for sustainable treatment and subsequent disposal of waste as well as techniques for recovering resources from waste materials.
CSIRO's TelePresence system is a software package that allows off-site clients and collaborators to interact with our expert operators, share data, and control our scientific equipment.
Sustainability and social values
Our researchers are exploring how the minerals industry can contribute to sustainable development and maintain effective relationships with stakeholder groups.
Sound approach to assessing strength
Ultrasound techniques are being used to provide convenient strength evaluations of a wide range of pelletised, powdered, granulated and crystallised products.
Slots pay out for aluminium production
Research into slot design within aluminium reduction cells could result in substantial energy savings for the aluminium industry. Article taken from Process October 2007.
Retrofit lifts slurry tank performance
Researcher using a scaled-down model of an alumina slurry mixing tank have succeeded in improving tank productively without increasing power consumption. Article taken from Process October 2007.