This book bridges the gap between the basics of mineralogy and the applications of mineral-based materials. Over forty minerals and mineral groups are correlated among basic mineralogical properties, geological occurrence, distribution of deposits, industrial processes, and uses so that each industrial mineral is fully defined. For professionals in mineral industries as a valuable reference for research and development.
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The purpose of this book is twofold. First, it is written as a textbook designed to introduce science and engineering students to the fundamentals of industrial minerals and mineral-based materials. The approach I have used is to outline basic mineralogical properties, geological occurrence, distribution of deposits, industrial processes, and uses. By means of this outline, an industrial mineral is fully defined and can be utilized to its full value.
Second, for professionals in mineral industries, this book can be used as a reference in research and development. Forty-two industrial minerals and mineral groups have been selected for this book. Each has distinct and characteristic properties, and all are common and important industrial minerals. For each industrial mineral, a list of pertinent references is given.
In selecting the minerals discussed in this book, I have generally followed, with some exceptions, the traditional pattern established by previous publications, especially those by the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers; the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration; and Industrial Minerals Information Ltd. Ore minerals and industrial minerals with principal uses as chemical raw materials are excluded from the text.
In this book, I have first given a brief description of the crystal structure of each mineral. This is of foremost importance because crystal structure determines both the physical and chemical properties of solid compounds including industrial minerals. Next, for each industrial mineral, I have given a short overview of geological occurrence and distribution of deposits with an emphasis on major deposits in the United States, as well as in other mineral-producing countries. In this section, some classic publications are cited, because not only do they give comprehensive evaluations of the deposits discussed, but also because the scientific merit of these publications has withstood the test of time. Finally, I have included a discussion of industrial processes and ore beneficiation for each industrial mineral. It is well-known that industrial processes are dynamic. Modifications adopted by one plant may not be adequate in another plant, and procedures adopted at one time for one reason may have to be eliminated later for other reasons. Both common and generally accepted processes are described in this book. They may serve as guidelines for the application or design of industrial processes. For industrial uses, efforts are made to give a full account of each industrial mineral. Certain aspects of the industrial minerals industry are not discussed in this book. These include supply systems, prices, transportation, taxes and tariffs, governmental regulations, and future trends. The interested reader can find discussions of these topics in many texts on mineral economics.
It is my sincere hope that this book can achieve its intended purposes: as an aid to teaching and research and development, and to make a contribution to the mineral industries.
Luke L, Y. Chang
College Park, 1Nlaryland
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Descrizione libro Prentice Hall, 2002. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 013917155X
Descrizione libro Prentice Hall, 2002. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX013917155X