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Microwave Processing of Banded Magnetite Quartzite Ore for Iron Recovery

  • Veeranjaneyulu Rayapudi
  • Nikhil DhawanEmail author
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Abstract

The effective utilization of low-grade banded iron ores is inevitable to meet India Steel Vision 2030 of producing 300 MT steel. In this study, banded magnetite quartzite iron ore (Fe ~ 41%) is physically beneficiated and microwave-treated followed by low-intensity magnetic separation. The appearance of massive random cracks during microwave treatment assisted the release of iron values from the matrix. Magnetite phase is strongly receptive to microwave exposure, thereby enhancing the separation characteristics. The Box–Behnken statistical design yielded an optimum concentrate with 60.1% Fe, 99% Fe recovery and 71% yield without any chemical additive. The single-step microwave exposure and low-intensity magnetic separation can be employed for the beneficiation of other low-grade iron ores.

Keywords

Low-grade iron ore BMQ Microwave exposure Time Magnetic separation 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank and acknowledge funding agency Science Engineering Research Board (SERB) for providing the Early Career Research (ECR) grant. The authors would like to thank the Jindal Group for providing the samples.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Metallurgical and Materials EngineeringIndian Institute of Technology (IIT)-RoorkeeRoorkeeIndia

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