Froth recovery measurement in plant scale flotation cells

Alexander, D. J., Franzidis, J. P. and Manlapig, E. V. (2003) Froth recovery measurement in plant scale flotation cells. Minerals Engineering, 16 11: 1197-1203. doi:10.1016/j.mineng.2003.07.016

Author Alexander, D. J.
Franzidis, J. P.
Manlapig, E. V.
Title Froth recovery measurement in plant scale flotation cells
Journal name Minerals Engineering   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0892-6875
Publication date 2003-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.mineng.2003.07.016
Volume 16
Issue 11
Start page 1197
End page 1203
Total pages 7
Editor B. A. Wills
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Language eng
Subject 09 Engineering
0914 Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy
Formatted abstract
Over recent years a number of techniques have been developed as part of the AMIRA2 P9 project to represent mathematically or measure directly sub-processes occurring in flotation cells. These include the determination of:
• a machine parameter (bubble surface area flux, Sb);
• a froth parameter (froth recovery, Rf);
• entrainment and drainage parameters (ξ and δ); and
• an ore floatability parameter (Pi).

A methodology for estimating froth recovery in large scale plant flotation cells is proposed. The primary aim of the technique is to estimate the froth recovery in a way that is simple, inexpensive and non-intrusive. Plant engineers can use the estimate of froth recovery in day to day trouble-shooting and circuit optimisation.

The current definition of froth recovery is given, along with a detailed description of the proposed methodology, equipment required, assumptions and calculations. Advantages and limitations of the methodology are described and possible applications of the froth recovery estimate in current flotation circuit modeling are presented.
© 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Flotation froths
Process optimisation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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