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Development of Radiometric Methods for Exploration and Process Optimization in Exploration, Mining, Mineral and Metallurgical (E3M) Industries (F22065)



CRP at a Glance


Exploration, mining, mineral, and metallurgical (E3M) industries are invaluable to the progress of modern society. Metals and other raw materials have played and continue to play the key role through human history. According to British Geological Survey (World Mineral Statistics) the world mineral production, including the most critical metal ores, phosphate ore, and gypsum, was more than 2.7 billion tonnes/year averaged over the 2006-2009 period. Additional 6.4 billion tonnes of coal is mined and processed yearly worldwide. The mining and mineral industry value-added contribution to the economy of many developing and developed countries is significant, with approximately 50% contribution in Chile, 40% in Australia, 25% in Morocco, 20% in Canada, and 15% in USA.
The management and conservation of natural resources are the key fundamental social, economic, and political challenges to implementing sustainable development. Economic growth in the 21st century will require safe and sustainable resources to support the increasing needs of society. It is, therefore, vital that the novel solutions and technologies are developed, which have the potential to use much more complex ore deposits, including non-renewable resources (minerals and coal) and renewable resources (solid waste) as well.
Nucleonic analysis and control systems, radiotracing technologies, and other relevant nuclear technologies are well suited to the optimization of E3M industries, will remain important in achieving economic and technical benefit in the future.


CRP Overall Objective


To facilitate further advancement and implementation of radiation technologies in exploration, mining, mineral, and metallurgical industries including safety, cost, and availability of nuclear technologies, as well as knowledge transfer.

Specific research objectives: to address new raising needs in E3M industries

  1. to facilitate further development of techniques based on neutron generator technologies for use in E3M
  2. to encourage development of new nucleonic control systems
  3. to facilitate further development and implementation of radiotracing techniques with specific targets on improved methodologies to improve accuracy, efficiency, and safety
  4. to facilitate development of new compact and low cost X-ray techniques for improved monitoring of complex multiphase/multicomponent systems in nano, micro, and macro scale


Rapid resource characterization


Intelligent mining and ore management


Process productivity

Expected research outcomes

  1. New or improved gamma, X-Ray, neutrons systems for exploration and for the investigation of process units
  2. Innovative radiotracer techniques for multiphase tracing in industrial units
  3. The outcomes would be defined in close cooperation with companies to address their needs and solve practical problems.

Who should join the CRP?


TThe potential CRP participant’s should be a stakeholder involved in developing or using radiation technologies in E3M industries, potential newcomers who have the intention of initiating such works and other research institutes that can make a technical/research contribution in areas such as simulation techniques.
Exploration, mining, mineral and metallurgical (E3M) industries are welcome to express their needs to be addressed and potentially solved by radiation technologies. Finding solutions to these issues is the objective of this CRP.

How to join the CRP?


Please submit your Proposal for Research Contract or Agreement directly to the IAEA’s Research Contracts Administration Section, using the form templates (http://cra.iaea.org/cra/forms.html) on the CRA web site (preferably via email): research.contracts@iaea.org