Project duration: 1 January 2019 – 31 December 2022


Efficient utilization of raw materials requires a combination of accurate analytical data together with reliable simulation software. This allows the reliable prediction of recovery of valuable components as well as the characterization of residues generated during mineral processing and metallurgical extraction.

The solution (technology)

A new product integrates 3D image data obtained by X-ray tomography with process simulation tools used in the raw materials sector. Using 3D data instead of the common 2D data including particle breakage models will yield a major breakthrough in mineral liberation and grinding fineness and in the estimation of the behaviour of the material in the next processing steps. More efficient exploitation of the ore goes together with less energy consumption and less waste production.


  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V. (HZDR), Germany (Lead Partner)
  • Ghent University, Belgium
  • Outotec (Finland) Oy, Finland
  • Outotec Oyj, Finland
  • XRE NV, Belgium