A relationship between the bubble-particle attachment time and the mineralogy of a copper-sulphide ore

Albijanic, Boris, Amini, Eiman, Wightman, Elaine, Ozdemir, Orhan, Nguyen, Anh V. and Bradshaw, Dee J. (2011) A relationship between the bubble-particle attachment time and the mineralogy of a copper-sulphide ore. Minerals Engineering, 24 12: 1335-1339. doi:10.1016/j.mineng.2011.06.005

Author Albijanic, Boris
Amini, Eiman
Wightman, Elaine
Ozdemir, Orhan
Nguyen, Anh V.
Bradshaw, Dee J.
Title A relationship between the bubble-particle attachment time and the mineralogy of a copper-sulphide ore
Journal name Minerals Engineering   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0892-6875
Publication date 2011-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.mineng.2011.06.005
Volume 24
Issue 12
Start page 1335
End page 1339
Total pages 5
Place of publication East Park, Kidlington, Oxford, U.K.
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Flotation performance depends on bubble–particle attachment which is controlled by the particle surface properties which include the particle composition and the surface liberation of valuable minerals. This paper discusses the contribution of liberation of valuable minerals to bubble–particle attachment time measurements, under constant chemical conditions. The bubble–particle attachment time measurements were performed using a sized fraction from concentrates obtained at different times and tails by flotation of a copper–gold sulphide ore (Northparkes Mine, Australia) in a mechanically agitated batch flotation cell. All products and tails were analyzed using quantitative mineral liberation analysis. The results showed that there was a relationship between the time of the concentrate collected, the Cu grade of the sample and the bubble–particle attachment time, and that the measurements were most sensitive to the amount of unliberated material. The fast floating material was higher grade, with a lower attachment time indicating that the measured bubble–particle attachment time could be used to characterize flotation performance of an ore.

Highlights: ► Bubble–particle attachment time method can be used to discriminate between concentrates. ► There is a relationship between the bubble–particle attachment time and Cu grade. ► Bubble–particle attachment time is the most sensitive to the amount of unliberated materials.
Keyword Bubble-particle attachment time
Mineral liberation analysis
Froth flotation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre Publications
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