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Reducing entrainment in ultrafine particle flotation by selective flocculation of gangue material

Sygusch, J.; Rudolph, M.

Froth flotation is an efficient and well-established separation technique for particles with sizes ranging from 10 µm to 200 µm, but when it comes to the separation of ultrafine particles (< 10 µm) there are still some challenges. This research is part of the German research foundation priority programme DFG-SPP 2045 “MehrDimPart” and aims at developing a method for the separation of ultrafine particles based on multiple particle properties, such as wettability, morphology (shape or roughness) and size. In this study, the focus lies on the investigation of the effect of particle size on the flotation outcome.
A system consisting of ultrafine size fractions of glass particles as the valuable material and magnetite as the gangue material is used for testing. Wettability analysis is carried out using inverse gas chromatography, whereas size and shape properties are obtained via a combination of laser diffraction and microscopic analysis. In order to investigate the effect of particle size, the magnetite is selectively flocculated using macromolecules as flocculants. A novel flotation apparatus, designed for the flotation of ultrafine particles by combining advantages from column flotation and machine-type froth flotation, is used for all flotation tests.

Keywords: Ultrafine Particles; Flotation; Selective flocculation; Entrainment

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Publ.-Id: 31571