A metallurgical digital twin is a process digital twin designed specifically for mineral processing plants. The digital replica mirrors the processing of ore from pit to port – enabling data-driven insights, process optimisation, accurate metallurgical accounting and ESG compliance.
Plant-wide data is centralised, validated and contextualised using dynamic simulation to perform a mass and energy balance at every step of the process.
The dynamic simulation considers a range of physical properties, such as temperature, pressure and time lag dependency; as well as the specific chemical equations and processes that occur at each step of the refining process. It also uses machine learning, multidimensional and relational database structures, advanced data analytics and visualisations to run simulations and test scenarios that drive process optimisation.
But not all digital twins are created equal, particularly in the mining and industrial sectors.