An investigation into the effect of water quality on froth stability

Farrokhpay, Saeed and Zanin, Massimiliano (2012) An investigation into the effect of water quality on froth stability. Advanced Powder Technology, 23 4: 493-497. doi:10.1016/j.apt.2012.04.012

Author Farrokhpay, Saeed
Zanin, Massimiliano
Title An investigation into the effect of water quality on froth stability
Journal name Advanced Powder Technology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0921-8831
Publication date 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.apt.2012.04.012
Volume 23
Issue 4
Start page 493
End page 497
Total pages 5
Editor G. V. Franks
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Froth stability plays a major role in determining the mineral grade and recovery in flotation operations, and it depends on the type and amount of both frother and suspended particles. Furthermore, there are other parameters such as quality of the process water which may affect the froth stability. In plant practice, the recycling of process water instead of using fresh water is increasingly being common. However, using recycled water normally leads to building up salts and surfactants in solution. Therefore, the effect of the process water chemistry on froth stability and metallurgical performance is important. In this study, the effect of water quality, including pH, and type and concentration of salts (CaCl2, AlCl3 and NaCl) on froth stability and its relationship with mineral particles zeta potential and slurry viscosity was studied. It was found that the forth stability is higher in the presence of multivalent metal ions. Addition of CaCl2 and AlCl3 considerably increased both froth stability and pulp viscosity. This may be due to bridging effect of polyvalent metal ions between the ore particles.
Keyword Froth stability
Water quality
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
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