Laboratory Evaluation Of Industrial Clays Prior To Processing - Preprint 09-036
Organization: Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration
Jan 1, 2009
Clay minerals are one of the more important industrial minerals. They are used in many products and because of different specifications may require special processing which can be either wet or dry. The clays discussed are bentonites, kaolins including ball clays, and palygorskite (attapulgite). In order to design a process flow sheet for these clay minerals, the physical, chemical, mineralogical, and optical properties need to be evaluated. Each species of clay minerals require a group of special tests which are described in this paper.