Rem: Revista Escola de Minas
Print version ISSN 0370-4467
CHIEREGATI, Ana Carolina et al. Validation of a new blasthole sampler for reconciliation purposes. Rem: Rev. Esc. Minas [online]. 2012, vol.65, n.1, pp. 135-140. ISSN 0370-4467. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0370-44672012000100019.
Mining operations around the world make extensive use of blasthole sampling for short-term planning, which has two undisputed advantages: (1) blastholes are closely spaced providing relatively high sampling density per ton, and (2) there is no additional cost since the blastholes must be drilled anyway. However, blasthole sampling usually presents poor sampling precision, and the inconstant sampling bias caused by particle size and density segregation is an even more serious problem, generally precluding representativeness. One of the main causes of this bias is a highly varying loss of fines, which can lead to both under- and over-estimation of grade depending on the ore type and the gangue. This study validates a new, modified sectorial sampler, designed to reduce the loss of fines and thereby increase sampling accuracy for narrow-diameter blasthole sampling. First results show a significantly improved estimation of gold grade as well as the minimization of the loss of fines.
Keywords : Sampling; reconciliation; gold; stationary sectorial sampler; blasthole sampling.