A review of the effect of water quality on flotation

Liu, Wenying, Moran, C. J. and Vink, Sue (2013) A review of the effect of water quality on flotation. Minerals Engineering, 53 91-100. doi:10.1016/j.mineng.2013.07.011

Author Liu, Wenying
Moran, C. J.
Vink, Sue
Title A review of the effect of water quality on flotation
Journal name Minerals Engineering   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0892-6875
Publication date 2013-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.mineng.2013.07.011
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 53
Start page 91
End page 100
Total pages 10
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Subject 1909 Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
2210 Mechanical Engineering
1600 Chemistry
2207 Control and Systems Engineering
Abstract As water resources become scarcer and society's demands to reduce freshwater extraction have increased, mine sites have been increasing water reuse and accessing multiple water sources for mineral processing to save freshwater, particularly in froth flotation. Implementation of either strategy may lead to water quality variation that may impact flotation efficiency. A large number of studies have been carried out to enhance the understanding of water quality variation in flotation. However, these studies tend to be performed on a case by case basis. There is a lack of a framework to put together these existing studies, which makes it difficult to understand the topic comprehensively and therefore difficult to identify gaps and directions for future research. This would eventually hinder the ongoing implementation of water conservation practices and thus lead to more pressure being placed on freshwater. In this paper, a review of the existing studies on water quality variation in flotation is given in three aspects: causes of water quality variation, consequences of water quality variation and solutions for problems caused by water quality variation. Based on the three aspects, a framework was developed, with which these studies were categorized and structured. Organizing literature in this way makes it possible to identify gaps in current research and future research directions.
Keyword Abiotic water constituent
Biotic water constituents
Water quality
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID LP0883872
Institutional Status UQ

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