Effect of water quality on froth stability in flotation

Farrokhpay, Saeed and Zanin, Max (2011). Effect of water quality on froth stability in flotation. In: Chemeca: Australasian Conference on Chemical Engineering 2011, Sydney, Australia, (1-8). 18-21 September 2011.

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Author Farrokhpay, Saeed
Zanin, Max
Title of paper Effect of water quality on froth stability in flotation
Conference name Chemeca: Australasian Conference on Chemical Engineering 2011
Conference location Sydney, Australia
Conference dates 18-21 September 2011
Place of Publication Barton, ACT, Australia
Publisher Engineers Australia
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract/Summary In flotation, the froth structure and froth stability are known to playa significant role in determining the mineral concentrate grade and recovery. Froth stability is not only depending on the type and amount of the frother used, but also on the amount and nature of the suspended particles. Furthermore, there are other parameters such as quality of water which are not yet fully understood. In plant practice, the recycling of process water (and very often of water from different sources) to reduce freshwater consumption is increasingly being common. However, using recycled water normally leads to the build-up of salts and surfactants in solution. Therefore, the effect of the process water chemistry on froth stability and more in general on the metallurgical performance, is important. In this study, the effect of water quality, including pH and type and concentration of salts (such as CaCh, AlCl] and NaCl) on froth stability and viscosity was studied. It was found that forth stability was higher in the presence of multivalent metal ions, at concentrations ranging between 15 and 40 mg/L. CaCb and AlCh considerably increased the froth stability (and viscosity). This may be due to bridging effect ofpolyvalent metal ions between the ore particles.
Keyword Froth stability
Water quality
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