Articles tagged with geometallurgy

Geostatistics with Nonlinear Variables

Clayton Deutsch

Many rock properties like mass fractions, volume fractions, thickness, and position average linearly. For rock properties that average nonlinearly, one rock type would have more influence on the effective property. This is common with variables such as recovery and throughput. In special circumstances, the effective property can go outside the range of the two pure components. This would depend on specific chemical reactions or increased efficiency of a mixture relative to a pure component, for example, performance of a semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) mill.