Some causes of medium loss in dense medium plants.

Napier-Munn, T. J., Kojovic, T., Scott, I. A., Shi, F. N., Masinja, J. H. and Baguley, P. J. (1995) Some causes of medium loss in dense medium plants.. Minerals Engineering, 8 6: 659-678. doi:10.1016/0892-6875(95)00028-O

Author Napier-Munn, T. J.
Kojovic, T.
Scott, I. A.
Shi, F. N.
Masinja, J. H.
Baguley, P. J.
Title Some causes of medium loss in dense medium plants.
Journal name Minerals Engineering   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0892-6875
Publication date 1995
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/0892-6875(95)00028-O
Open Access Status
Volume 8
Issue 6
Start page 659
End page 678
Total pages 20
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Medium consumption is a significant component of the cost of operating a dense medium plant. This study aimed to identify and quantify many of the factors contributing to overall consumption, through extensive surveys of four widely differing dense medium mineral separation plants, and associated laboratory experiments. Particular attention was given to the effect of operating density on medium loss.

It was concluded that quite modest increases in operating density significantly increased loss from all sources. Density should therefore be minimised, commensurate with process requirements. There is also unequivocal evidence that consumption increases significantly with plant downtime, probably due to housekeeping wastage and overloading of regeneration circuits during the return of dumped medium to circuit.

Other conclusions related to the effects of feedrate, ore porosity, medium viscosity, screen washing configuration, screen drainage efficiency and medium size on medium loss. Recommendations for operating practice are given.
Keyword Dense Medium Separation
Medium loss
Magnetic separation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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