A novel technique using high voltage pulses (HVP) for ore pre-concentration has recently been reported. The technique utilises metalliferous grain-induced selective breakage and size-based screening to separate the feed ore by grade. Four copper-gold ore samples were tested to demonstrate the viability of this technique. Potential applications of the HVP pre-concentration technique to treat AG/SAG mill pebbles and AG/SAG mill feed are discussed. An HVP ore pre-concentration characterisation diagram is proposed to assess the performance of a given ore. This technique may have the potential for the mining industry to make a step-change in improving comminution efficiency and separation recovery.
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