CHARACTERIZATION OF SELECTED IRON ORE PROCESSING PLANT AT KUALA LIPIS, PAHANG, MALAYSIA

  • Muhammad Irman Khalif Ahmad Aminuddin Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Zakaria Endut Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Fatin Nur Batrisha Amirah Ahmad Aminuddin Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Talha Azlan Universiti Sains Malaysia
Keywords: Iron ore, characterization, Kuala Lipis, Pahang, Malaysia

Abstract

Iron ore from the processing plant at Kuala Lipis, Pahang, Malaysia, was characterized using four sample types: A (waste-cone crusher), B (ore-cone crusher), C (tailing), and D (concentration) to establish the most efficient and cost-effective processing procedures for its component ore or minerals. According to the PSD study, samples B and C were coarse-grained gravel. Meanwhile, sample D was categorized as fine-grained gravel. Optical microscopy reveals a dark grey to red granular Fe grain adhered to a quartz grain. The red stripe grains indicate the accumulation of iron ore, such as magnetite and hematite. SEM-EDX resulted in the iron concentration found to be Fe-Al-Si, while the XRD analysis supported this mineral identification as magnetite, hematite, zeolite, anorthite, andradite, and quartz are present as dominant phases. Following the XRF result, there was 26.48 % Fe, 40.86 % Fe, 31.1 % Fe and 89.24 % Fe in samples A, B, C, and D, respectively. Aluminium, silicon, and calcium are the following most abundant main elements. The Mozley table gravity separation was used to maximize the physical extraction of iron ore only from samples A, and C. Fe content for samples A and C was improved by 11.10 % and 7.02 %, respectively, using Mozley Table.

Published
2022-12-22
Section
Original Research Articles