Industrial monitoring of hydrocyclone operation using electrical resistance tomography

Richard A Williams, Xiaodong Jia, Robert M. West, Mi Wang, J. C. Cullivan, J. Bond, I. Faulks, T. Dyakowski, S. J. Wang, N. Climpson, J. A. Kostuch, D. Payton

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The development and application of electrical resistance tomography for on-line auditing of an industrial hydrocyclone separation is reported. The work demonstrates the retrofitting of electrodes into a commercially available separator and their use in laboratory, pilot plant and plant scale investigations of clay refining. A number of new and significant applications are described including: the development of methodologies to allow observation of the occurrence of faults in underflow discharge (spraying, roping, blockage); accurate measurement of the air core size for different operational conditions; direct calculation of solid concentration profiles based on parametric reconstruction of conductivity data in three dimensions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1245-1252
Number of pages8
JournalMinerals Engineering
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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    Williams, R. A., Jia, X., West, R. M., Wang, M., Cullivan, J. C., Bond, J., Faulks, I., Dyakowski, T., Wang, S. J., Climpson, N., Kostuch, J. A., & Payton, D. (1999). Industrial monitoring of hydrocyclone operation using electrical resistance tomography. Minerals Engineering, 12(10), 1245-1252.