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    Metallurgical balance in mineral processing

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    Assume 2000 short tons of ore were mined, 200 tones were rejected as waste and the tonnage accepted for metallurgical treatment is 1800. Assay for the feed is 4%, for the concentrate is 4.4% and for the waste, 0.4%.

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    By weight balance,
    That is, 2000=1800+200
    By the valuable metal balance,
    That ...

    Solution Summary

    Mass balancing is particularly important in accounting for valuable mineral or metal distributions and the two-product formula is of great use in this respect.