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We develop studies and methodologies suitable for mining processes (open pit and underground). The technical, economic and sustainability approach takes into account the geomechanical behavior of the rocks, ore body contents, ore recovery, and production costs. Another approach we take is the improvement of mining operations through the use of computational techniques.
The purpose of our activities is to research, apply, and propose concepts and technologies that focus on the automation, optimization, and integration of mining processes from the pit (geology and mining) and mineral processing to logistics. This area typically includes vehicles, equipment, instruments, or robots that operate autonomously, are remotely controlled, in assisted operation, or are automated to a level that meets the requirements of an intelligent, optimized process chain.
We research the fundamentals of friction and their applications to solve problems of interest to Vale’s business units, including the reduction of losses due to wear, phenomena related to friction and lubrication, enabling cost reduction and environmental gains.
Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy
We seek processing routes for low-grade and/or complex ores through pyro-hydrometallurgical approach. We also study surface phenomena in the mineral-reagent interaction applied to ore beneficiation and wastewater treatment. Our research evaluates and optimizes processes, develops models and unit operations for ore treatment and handling through bench, pilot, and industrial-scale experiments, based on transport phenomena (mass, heat, and energy) and computational tools.
We believe that together we can do more.
Therefore, we have a network of collaborators and partners who add important skills in building a more sustainable mining and planet. In this network of relationships there are important local partnerships, as well as institutions in several states of the country, government institutions and research institutions abroad.