Review Paper
Sustainable development and environmental challenges in Cameroon’s mining sector: A review
1. Sustainable development and environmental challenges in Cameroon’s mining sector: A review

M. Anselme Kamga; S. Nzali; C. O. Olatubara; A. Adenikinju; E. A. Akintunde; M. P. Kemeng; F. W.D. Nguimatsia; E. A. Ndip; C. Fuanya

Volume 9, Issue 2 , Spring 2018, Pages 293-309

Abstract
  Cameroon has a strong geological potential for a number of mineral resources that, if well managed, could support economic growth. The country contains potentially large deposits of ...  Read More
Case Study
Removal of Te and Se anions in alkaline media in presence of cyanide by quaternary ammonium salts
2. Removal of Te and Se anions in alkaline media in presence of cyanide by quaternary ammonium salts

R. Solis-Rdoriguez; S. Bello-Teodoro; A. Moreno-Baez; J. I Galvan-Tejada; J. G Arceo-Olague; H. Luna-Garcia; O. Alonso-Gonzalez

Volume 9, Issue 2 , Spring 2018, Pages 311-317

Abstract
  Precious metals are currently associated with selenium (naumannite, Ag2Se) and tellurium (calaverite, AuTe2; sylvanite, (Au,Ag)2Te4) to form species refractory to cyanidation. The aim ...  Read More
Case Study
Investigation of arsenic removal parameters by a new nano-hybrid adsorbent produced from red mud and fly ash
3. Investigation of arsenic removal parameters by a new nano-hybrid adsorbent produced from red mud and fly ash

U. Yenial; G. Bulut

Volume 9, Issue 2 , Spring 2018, Pages 319-330

Abstract
  Two common waste materials, red mud and fly ash, were used to produce a new nano-hybrid adsorbent by heat treatment with alkali addition. The new zeolitic structure formation of the ...  Read More
Case Study
Application of stochastic programming for iron ore quality control
4. Application of stochastic programming for iron ore quality control

J. Gholamnejad; A. Azimi; M.R. Teymouri

Volume 9, Issue 2 , Spring 2018, Pages 331-338

Abstract
  Stockpiling and blending play a major role in maintaining the quantity and quality of the raw materials fed into processing plants, especially the cement, iron ore and steel making, ...  Read More
Research Note
Effect of thermal treatment on specific rate of breakage of manganese ore
5. Effect of thermal treatment on specific rate of breakage of manganese ore

M. Heshami; R. Ahmadi

Volume 9, Issue 2 , Spring 2018, Pages 339-348

Abstract
  The aim of this work is to investigate the effect of thermal treatment on the grinding behavior of manganese ore in the various size fractions of -1.7+1.18, -1.18+0.6, -0.6+0.3 and ...  Read More
Case Study
Forecasting copper price using gene expression programming
6. Forecasting copper price using gene expression programming

H. Dehghani

Volume 9, Issue 2 , Spring 2018, Pages 349-360

Abstract
  Forecasting the prices of metals is important in many aspects of economics. Metal prices are also vital variables in financial models for revenue evaluation, which forms the basis of ...  Read More
Case Study
Introducing Mesozoic siliciclastic-rich refractory sand levels based on geochemical and physical properties in Iran
7. Introducing Mesozoic siliciclastic-rich refractory sand levels based on geochemical and physical properties in Iran

M. Yazdi; A. Bahrami; Z. Alaminia; H. Jamali; M. A. Mackizadeh

Volume 9, Issue 2 , Spring 2018, Pages 361-369

Abstract
  This research work introduces the Early Triassic, Late Triassic-Early Jurassic, and Early Cretaceous silica-rich sand levels at east and central Alborz, Kopeh-Dagh, and Central Iran, ...  Read More
Case Study
Application of spectrum-volume fractal modeling for detection of mineralized zones
8. Application of spectrum-volume fractal modeling for detection of mineralized zones

H. Khalili; P. Afzal

Volume 9, Issue 2 , Spring 2018, Pages 371-378

Abstract
  The main goal of this research work was to detect the different Cu mineralized zones in the Sungun porphyry deposit in NW Iran using the Spectrum-Volume (S-V) fractal modeling based ...  Read More
Case Study
Effects of temperature and confining pressure on mode II fracture toughness of rocks (Case study: Lushan Sandstone)
9. Effects of temperature and confining pressure on mode II fracture toughness of rocks (Case study: Lushan Sandstone)

M. Hosseini; A. R. Khodayari

Volume 9, Issue 2 , Spring 2018, Pages 379-391

Abstract
  The fracture mechanics examines the development and expansion of cracks in solids and how they affect the deformation of materials. The stress intensity factors at the tip of the crack ...  Read More
Case Study
Comparison of various extractants for recovery of Copper from Sarcheshmeh Chalcopyrite concentrate Ammonia/Ammonium Carbonate Leaching
10. Comparison of various extractants for recovery of Copper from Sarcheshmeh Chalcopyrite concentrate Ammonia/Ammonium Carbonate Leaching

M. Ghanbari; H. Naderi; M. Torabi

Volume 9, Issue 2 , Spring 2018, Pages 393-402

Abstract
  Solvent extraction of copper from the copper leach solution obtained from the ammoniacal carbonate leaching of the Sarcheshmeh copper concentrate was carried out, and the performance ...  Read More
Case Study
Random forests algorithm in podiform chromite prospectivity mapping in Dolatabad area, SE Iran
11. Random forests algorithm in podiform chromite prospectivity mapping in Dolatabad area, SE Iran

M. P. Sadr; M. Nazeri

Volume 9, Issue 2 , Spring 2018, Pages 403-416

Abstract
  The Dolatabad area located in SE Iran is a well-endowed terrain owning several chromite mineralized zones. These chromite ore bodies are all hosted in a colored mélange complex ...  Read More
Case Study
Bio-accumulation of major, trace, and rare earth elements by two Astragalus species grown on Agh-Dareh and Zarshouran gold deposits, Takab, NW Iran
12. Bio-accumulation of major, trace, and rare earth elements by two Astragalus species grown on Agh-Dareh and Zarshouran gold deposits, Takab, NW Iran

S. Torbati; S. Alipour; M. Rostami; S. Hajializadeh

Volume 9, Issue 2 , Spring 2018, Pages 417-429

Abstract
  The Agh-Dareh and Zarshouran mines are two known active gold deposits in Takab, NW Iran. In the present study, the potentials of two species of Astragalus (A. microcephalus from Agh-Dareh ...  Read More
Case Study
An insight into effect of surface functional groups on reactivity of Sphalerite (110) surface with Xanthate collector: a DFT study
13. An insight into effect of surface functional groups on reactivity of Sphalerite (110) surface with Xanthate collector: a DFT study

M. Mohseni; M. Abdollahy; R. Poursalehi; M. R. Khalesi

Volume 9, Issue 2 , Spring 2018, Pages 431-439

Abstract
  The reactivity of the protonated and hydroxylated sphalerite (1 1 0) surface with xanthate was simulated using the density functional theory (DFT). The difference between the energy ...  Read More
Case Study
Presenting an experimental creep model for rock salt
14. Presenting an experimental creep model for rock salt

M. B. Eslami Andargoli; K. Shahriar; A. Ramezanzadeh; K. Goshtasbi

Volume 9, Issue 2 , Spring 2018, Pages 441-456

Abstract
  During the recent decades, the design and construction of underground spaces into rock salt have been particularly regarded for storing petroleum fluids, natural gas, and compressed ...  Read More
Case Study
Introducing hard rock TBMs’ downtime analysis model with reference to past case histories’ data
15. Introducing hard rock TBMs’ downtime analysis model with reference to past case histories’ data

E. Farrokh

Volume 9, Issue 2 , Spring 2018, Pages 457-472

Abstract
  The study of downtime and subsequently machine utilization in a given project is one of the major requirements of an accurate estimation of TBM performance and daily advance rate. Interestingly, ...  Read More
Case Study
Using selective sequential extraction techniques to evaluate tendency of soil fractions in Cd removal by Fe3O4 nanoparticles in continuous flow system
16. Using selective sequential extraction techniques to evaluate tendency of soil fractions in Cd removal by Fe3O4 nanoparticles in continuous flow system

M Mohammadiun; B. Dahrazma; Seyed F. Saghravani; A. Khodadadi Darban

Volume 9, Issue 2 , Spring 2018, Pages 473-484

Abstract
  Use of nanotechnology has proven to be a promising approach toward remediation of all phases of environment. The aim of this work is to investigate the effects of different parameters ...  Read More
Case Study
Stability analysis of support systems using a coupled FEM-DFN model (Case study: a diversion tunnel at Lorestan dam site, Iran)
17. Stability analysis of support systems using a coupled FEM-DFN model (Case study: a diversion tunnel at Lorestan dam site, Iran)

M. Noroozi; R. Rafiee; M. Najafi

Volume 9, Issue 2 , Spring 2018, Pages 485-497

Abstract
  Various structural discontinuities, which form a discrete fracture network, play a significant role in the failure conditions and stability of the rock masses around underground excavations. ...  Read More
Original Research Paper
Estimation of geochemical elements using a hybrid neural network-Gustafson-Kessel algorithm
18. Estimation of geochemical elements using a hybrid neural network-Gustafson-Kessel algorithm

M. Jahangiri; Seyed R. Ghavami Riabi; B. Tokhmechi

Volume 9, Issue 2 , Spring 2018, Pages 499-511

Abstract
  Bearing in mind that lack of data is a common problem in the study of porphyry copper mining exploration, our goal was set to identify the hidden patterns within the data and to extend ...  Read More
Case Study
Porosity classification from thin sections using image analysis and neural networks including shallow and deep learning in Jahrum formation
19. Porosity classification from thin sections using image analysis and neural networks including shallow and deep learning in Jahrum formation

M. Abedini; M. Ziaii; Y. Negahdarzadeh; J. Ghiasi-Freez

Volume 9, Issue 2 , Spring 2018, Pages 513-525

Abstract
  The porosity within a reservoir rock is a basic parameter for the reservoir characterization. The present paper introduces two intelligent models for identification of the porosity ...  Read More
Case Study
A practical approach to open-pit mine planning under price uncertainty using information gap decision theory
20. A practical approach to open-pit mine planning under price uncertainty using information gap decision theory

M. M. Tahernejad; M. Ataei; R. Khalokakaie

Volume 9, Issue 2 , Spring 2018, Pages 527-537

Abstract
  In the context of open-pit mine planning, uncertainties including commodity price would significantly affect the technical and financial aspects of mining projects. A mine planning ...  Read More
Case Study
Effect of frother type and operational parameters on nano bubble flotation of quartz coarse particles
21. Effect of frother type and operational parameters on nano bubble flotation of quartz coarse particles

S. Nazari; Seyed Ziaedin Shafaei; M. Gharabaghi; R. Ahmadi; B. Shahbazi

Volume 9, Issue 2 , Spring 2018, Pages 539-546

Abstract
  In this work, the effects of the types of frother (MIBC, pine oil, and A65) and operational parameters (impeller speed and air flow rate) on the flotation of quartz coarse particles ...  Read More