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CAMP offers consulting, research, industrial process development and testing facilities focused on providing high-quality solutions to industrial clients worldwide by supporting, developing and adding value to the global mineral, metallurgical and materials industry. CAMP benefits from an accomplished staff of metallurgical, mechanical and chemical engineers coupled with the ability to draw upon the expertise of Montana Tech faculty members from all disciplines.

CAMP specializes in process engineering, development and testing and conducts applied projects with industrial and government clients throughout the world. The objectives of CAMP are to support the sustainability of the mining and mineral industry, to be a leader in process development, to expand our knowledge base into alternative energy and use our expertise in materials testing, evaluation, development and manufacturing.

CAMP provides an array of metallurgical and mineral processing services to its clients:

  • Materials Science and Characterization
  • Metal Production Process Development
  • Mineral Processing/Hydrometallurgical/Pyrometallurgical Applications
  • Process Simulation and Modeling
  • Analytical Support

Scope   of   Services

Mineral Processing Applications

The Center’s hands-on industrial experience and fully equipped mineral processing laboratory provides CAMP engineers the ability to accommodate large and small scale projects. The Center’s capabilities include process design, modeling, evaluation, and testing in:

  • Crushing, Grinding, Classification
  • Flotation
  • Gravity, Magnetic, Electrostatic, and Heavy Media Separations
  • Knelson Concentration
  • Bond Work Indices

Hydrometallurgical Applications

CAMP engineers have extensive, hands-on, industrial, and R&D hydrometallurgical expertise gained from many years in plant and laboratory settings. From pre-feasibility bench scale testing through plant process design and auditing, the Center offers a broad spectrum of hydrometallurgical services:

  • Cyanide/Thiosulfate/Sulfur Based/Chloride/Sulfate/Ammoniacal/Nitrate Acid Systems
  • Autoclave/Stirred Tank/Heap/Dump/In situ Leaching
  • Chemical Speciation Research
  • Solvent Extraction/Ion Exchange
  • Electrometallurgy
  • Crystallization
  • Gaseous Precipitation
  • Cementation
  • Diagnostic Leaching for Copper and Gold Ores
  • Wastewater Treatment

Pyrometallurgical Applications

CAMP engineers have an extensive knowledge base and many years of experience in Pyrometallurgical Applications including:

  • Smelting, Converting, Refining
  • Agglomeration
  • Calcining
  • Roasting

Materials Applications

CAMP has a state-of-the-art laboratory in which complete Materials Characterizations can be performed. Equipment and testing facilities include:

  • 55kip MTS Hydraulic Universal Test Frame
  • Tensile and Compression Testing
  • Shear Testing
  • Flexure Testing
  • Microscopic Inspection
    • 3-D Digital Microscope
    • Phenom Scanning Electron Microscope
  • Thermal Evaluations
    • TGA Instruments/Stability/Decomposition/Phase Transitions/Melting Processes
    • Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC) Evaluations
    • Dilatometric Evaluations
  • Environmental Conditioning Chamber
  • Specimen Fabrication

Analytical Support

CAMP can determine the qualitative and quantitative composition of samples through extensive analytical capabilities which include:

  • X-ray Diffraction
  • X-ray Fluorescence
  • Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)/Energy Dispersive X-Ray(EDX)/Mineral Liberation Analysis (MLA)
  • Petrographic Analysis
  • Metallographic Analysis
  • Aqueous Speciation Modeling
  • ICP and AAS
  • Ion Chromatography
  • Fire Assay
  • Wet Chemistry
  • Sulfur and Carbon Analysis