Flotation circuit optimisation - towards more sustainable practice

Schwarz, Sarah Evelina Elizabeth and Wightman, Elaine M. (2010). Flotation circuit optimisation - towards more sustainable practice. In: XXV International Mineral Processing Congress - IMPC 2010: Smarter processing for the future. 25th International Mineral Processing Congress 2010 (IMPC 2010), Brisbane, Qld, Australia, (2337-2343). 6-10 September, 2010.

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Author Schwarz, Sarah Evelina Elizabeth
Wightman, Elaine M.
Title of paper Flotation circuit optimisation - towards more sustainable practice
Conference name 25th International Mineral Processing Congress 2010 (IMPC 2010)
Conference location Brisbane, Qld, Australia
Conference dates 6-10 September, 2010
Convener Ralph J. Holmes
Proceedings title XXV International Mineral Processing Congress - IMPC 2010: Smarter processing for the future
Place of Publication Carlton, VIC, Australia
Publisher Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Publication Year 2010
Year available 2010
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9781921522284
Start page 2337
End page 2343
Total pages 7
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Understanding and improving flotation circuit performance has grown in maturity and detail over the past five years, coinciding with the significant improvement in commodity prices. With the global financial crisis in 2008 - 2009, there has been a stronger focus on improving efficiency and reducing costs, across all processing plants. During this time, the flotation circuit analysis technology has continued to develop as part of the AMIRA International P9 project, among others. Changes to the technology have made the cell characterisation sensors more robust and independent of the plant facilities (air, power, etc), and changes to the methodology have reduced the time spent on site and the number of samples generated. The understanding of plant performance has greatly improved over this time as well, with the inclusion of size-by-size analysis now standard in the flotation projects. These advancements in characterising and optimising flotation circuit operation have led to reductions in the time and effort required to understand fl otation circuit performance, fewer disruptions to and more timely optimisation of flotation circuits resulting in minimising waste production, and identification of opportunities to enhance energy efficiency. The ongoing development of the optimisation technology will continue to provide more understanding of flotation circuits and provide operations with tools to identify potential areas for improvement.
Keyword Flotation circuit measurement
Flotation circuit optimisation
Sustainability
Q-Index Code E1
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