Raw Materials Research

Raw Materials Research

Proven Research Capability

As global demand rises, the need to develop and implement more efficient processing techniques becomes increasingly important.

The challenges for the industry are that the quality of raw materials is declining and high quality ores for blending are becoming harder to source at affordable prices.

Dedicated research into raw materials processing is provided by the Materials Processing Institute. The Institute has a long established evaluation capability to test and develop at pilot scale, ore composites and agglomerates for iron making and ferro-alloy production; as well as beneficiation and recycling of process residual materials.

Raw Materials Research

The Institute's raw materials research is focussed on the development of pre-treatment and agglomeration technologies. This research enables efficient material upgrading processes for maximum value in use and optimal efficiency of processing for ores, raw materials and process reverts.

Benefits of Pre-treatment and Agglomeration Process Research

  • Evaluation of a wide range of ore and material blends matched to sinter plant operations
  • Optimisation of ore and material blends to enhance production and value in use
  • Understanding the productivity and fuel rates of blends to be used during production
  • Support in defining sinter and pellet plant operating process controls
  • Raw material and product characterisation
    • Strength
    • Degradation
    • Reducibility
    • Porosity
    • Morphology
  • Environmental impact evaluation
  • Re-use and processing of residual materials


Agglomeration Process Equipment Operational Function
Quality Evaluation Pilot Sinter Box Evaluation of sintering process performance and emissions
  Flow Factor Tester Consolidation and shearing investigations
  Shatter Test Rig Evaluation of material breakdown in handling systems and measure of fracture resilience
  Compression Test Rig Measurement of compressive strength
Analysis XRF X-ray fluorescence
  LECO elemental analyser CHNS determination in carbonaceous materials
  TGA Thermo-gravimetric analysis for reactivity/kinetics under different atmospheres
  EDXA Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analysis for elemental composition of minerals/inclusions in particle matrices
  SEM Scanning electron microscopy for sub-micron structural analysis
  Optical Microscopy Petrographic analysis of phases/inclusions in polished sections
Raw Materials Preparation Briquetting Press Lab-scale production of briquettes by roll-forming
  Pelletising Disc Lab-scale production of pellets by pan-forming
  Magnetic Separator Lab-scale separation of solids by means of permanent magnets
  Compression Tester Measurement of compressive strength
  Crushing, Grinding, Mixing & Sieving Equipment  
Ancillary Equipment Drying Oven/Furnace A range of sizes and suitable for different operating temperatures
  Jaw Crusher Sample preparation for testing


Tests to Meet Industry Standards

ISO Standard Description of ISO Standard
ISO 4695:2007 Iron ore reducibility
ISO 4696-1:1996 Low temperature disintegration
ISO 4696-2:2007 Static low temperature reduction
ISO 4698:2007 Determination of relative free-swelling index
ISO 7215:2007 Determination of reducibility of iron ores
ISO 7992:2007 Determination of reduction properties of iron ores under load
ISO 3087:2011 Determination of moisture content
ISO 3852:2007 Determination of bulk density
ISO 3271:2007 Determination of tumble and abrasion indices
Additional Tests
Advanced softening and melting (ASAM)
High temperature softening and melting (HTSM)
Differential thermal analysis (DTA)
Magnetite content by Satmagan

Raw Materials Research


Process Development to Meet Industry Requirements

The Institute's researchers work with industry to develop efficient and cost effective processes based on extensive experience and expertise and supported by a comprehensive range of equipment.

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