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Production of high purity silica by microfluidic-inclusion fracture using microwave pre-treatment (2018)
Journal Article
Buttress, A., Rodriguez, J., Ure, A., Ferrari, R., Dodds, C., & Kingman, S. (2019). Production of high purity silica by microfluidic-inclusion fracture using microwave pre-treatment. Minerals Engineering, 131, 407-419. doi:10.1016/j.mineng.2018.11.025

Demand for high purity silica used in component manufacture is set to outstrip current supply in the near future. As such, alternative processing routes to feed-stock materials suitable for use in lighting and solar cell fabrication are required, wit... Read More

Electromagnetic heating for industrial kilning of malt: a feasibility study (2016)
Journal Article
Ferrari-John, R., Katrib, J., Zerva, E., Davies, N., Cook, D. J., Dodds, C., & Kingman, S. (in press). Electromagnetic heating for industrial kilning of malt: a feasibility study. Food and Bioprocess Technology, doi:10.1007/s11947-016-1849-0. ISSN 1935-5130

Industrial malting operations use ~800kWh/t of energy to produce the heat required to kiln malt. Electromagnetic heating technologies are suggested as a way to potentially improve the energy efficiency of the kilning processing. In this work, the pot... Read More

Understanding selectivity in radio frequency and microwave sorting of porphyry copper ores (2016)
Journal Article
Ferrari-John, R., Batchelor, A., Katrib, J., Dodds, C., & Kingman, S. (in press). Understanding selectivity in radio frequency and microwave sorting of porphyry copper ores. International Journal of Mineral Processing, 155, doi:10.1016/j.minpro.2016.08.011. ISSN 0301-7516

Continuous high-throughput microwave treatment followed by infrared thermal imaging (MW-IR) has previously been shown to provide attractive separations for a number of porphyry copper ores, leading to rejection of a large proportion of barren fragmen... Read More

Pilot scale microwave sorting of porphyry copper ores: Part 2: pilot plant trials (2016)
Journal Article
Batchelor, A., Ferrari-John, R., Dodds, C., & Kingman, S. (2016). Pilot scale microwave sorting of porphyry copper ores: Part 2: pilot plant trials. Minerals Engineering, 98, doi:10.1016/j.mineng.2016.07.009. ISSN 0892-6875

An experimental pilot plant was constructed, commissioned and operated at a major porphyry copper mine to understand the challenges of microwave infrared thermal (MW-IRT) sorting at scale and to compare batch laboratory performance with pilot-scale c... Read More

Pilot scale microwave sorting of porphyry copper ores: Part 1: laboratory investigations (2016)
Journal Article
Batchelor, A., Ferrari-John, R., Katrib, J., Udoudo, O., Jones, D., Dodds, C., & Kingman, S. (2016). Pilot scale microwave sorting of porphyry copper ores: Part 1: laboratory investigations. Minerals Engineering, 98, doi:10.1016/j.mineng.2016.07.007. ISSN 0892-6875

Microwave treatment followed by infrared thermal imaging (MW–IRT) has been proposed as a potential excitation-discrimination technique to facilitate sorting of porphyry copper ores. A continuous, high throughput (up to 100t/h), belt–based microwave c... Read More

A tool for predicting heating uniformity in industrial radio frequency processing (2016)
Journal Article
Ferrari-John, R., Katrib, J., Palade, P., Batchelor, A., Dodds, C., & Kingman, S. (in press). A tool for predicting heating uniformity in industrial radio frequency processing. Food and Bioprocess Technology, doi:10.1007/s11947-016-1762-6. ISSN 1935-5130

Radio frequency energy is utilised for heating in a wide range of applications, particularly in the food industry. A major challenge of RF processing is non-uniform heating in loads of variable and angular geometry, leading to reduced quality and pro... Read More