The influence of the reagent suite on the flotation of ores from the Merensky reef

Wiese, J., Harris, P. and Bradshaw, D. (2005) The influence of the reagent suite on the flotation of ores from the Merensky reef. Minerals Engineering, 18 2: 189-198. doi:10.1016/j.mineng.2004.09.013

Author Wiese, J.
Harris, P.
Bradshaw, D.
Title The influence of the reagent suite on the flotation of ores from the Merensky reef
Journal name Minerals Engineering   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0892-6875
Publication date 2005-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.mineng.2004.09.013
Volume 18
Issue 2
Start page 189
End page 198
Total pages 10
Editor B. A. Wills
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Language eng
Subject 290701 Mining Engineering
290702 Mineral Processing
Abstract A number of operations recover platinum group elements (PGE) from the Merensky reef in the Bushveld Complex, South Africa. The Merensky reef contains approximately 1% sulphides in the form of chalcopyrite, pentlandite and pyrrhotite, and the PGE’s are strongly associated with these sulphides. Different operations use different reagent suites (collectors, depressants, activators and frothers) in the flotation process to extract the valuable minerals from their section of the reef. Batch flotation tests were done on two ores from different parts of the reef using three different reagent suites based on the typical suites presently in use, and the recovery of the sulphide and gangue minerals compared. The two ores responded in a similar manner to the three reagent suites although there were differences observed in the behaviour of the individual minerals. These differences and the reasons for these differences are discussed.
Keyword Flotation reagents
Flotation depressants
Flotation activators
Flotation collectors
Flotation frothers
Q-Index Code C1

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