Mineral floatability is a function of mineral properties such as size, liberation, shape, surface composition, reagent coverage on the surface, level of oxidation on the surface, etc.; pulp chemistry: Eh, pH, temperature, DO, reagent type, etc. and hydrodynamic conditions: turbulence, gas dispersion, D32, etc. The biggest challenge with predicting the floatability of an ore is finding a measurement method that would take into account the effect of all of the variables on the floatability of the minerals. The particle-bubble attachment time measurement is considered as an alternative way to predict the floatability of minerals instead of using expensive and time consuming flotation tests because it takes into considerations both surface chemistry and hydrodynamic parameters present in the froth flotation. The existing particle-bubble attachment time method is suitable for studying some significant flotation variables such as pH, temperature, particle size, reagent type and concentration. Nevertheless, measuring the attachment time as a function of collector coverage or surface oxidation is much more challenging. This paper introduces a new induction timer designed to measure the effect of galvanic interaction on the attachment time of particles. The new setup employs an array of needles to create 6 bubbles with the average size of 2.1 mm. Imaging system is used to set the initial distance between the particle bed and the array of bubbles. The attached particles are collected and sent for further analysis. One of the main benefits of the new experimental setup is that the attached particles can be physically separated from the unattached particles therefore many of the particle properties can be analysed and evaluated.
|Title of host publication||XXVIII International Mineral Processing Congress Conference Proceedings|
|Publication status||Published - 11 Sep 2016|
|MoE publication type||A4 Article in a conference publication|
|Event||International Mineral Processing Congress - Quebec City Convention Center, Quebec City, Canada|
Duration: 11 Sep 2016 → 15 Sep 2016
Conference number: 27
|Conference||International Mineral Processing Congress|
|Period||11/09/2016 → 15/09/2016|
- Bubble-particle attachment
- induction time
- attachment time
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Maarit Karppinen (Manager)School of Chemical Engineering