Evaluating an alternative to the Gravity Recoverable Gold (GRG) test
Subasinghe, G.K.N. (2007) Evaluating an alternative to the Gravity Recoverable Gold (GRG) test. In: 9th Mill Operators' Conference, 19 - 21 March, Fremantle, Western Australia pp. 235-239.
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Knelson concentrators are commonly used to recover fine liberated gold in gold processing plants. The decision to employ a gravity gold circuit consisting of centrifugal devices such as Knelsons is primarily taken on the results of GRG tests, among other considerations. While the GRG test is considered a material characterisation test, which is useful in the design stages, its use in evaluating the performance of an existing unit is questionable. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that it is time consuming and costly. This paper examines the validity of the GRG test for performance evaluation and discusses alternative test work that can be performed to evaluate the performance characteristics of an operating machine. Principles that are useful in selecting optimal operating parameters, such as optimal fluidising water flow rate for a given ore/machine combination, are also discussed and illustrated with laboratory and plant data.
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