February 2022
Volume 74    Issue 2

Influence of substrate roughness on particle adhesion and concentration

Sansao, Bernardo Moreno Baqueiro; Cross, William M.; Romkes, Albert; Kellar, Jon J.


The mineral industry uses significant amounts of water in processing. Thus, sustainable practices with the processing of ores are of critical importance. An impact tester was used to measure the adhesion force between particles and a glass disk [1,2]. A removal force was caused by the impact of the disk/particle containing a puck with a stopper. Johnson-Kendall-Roberts (JKR) theory [3] was used to determine the interfacial energy between the particles and the substrate. Capillary condensation of water can occur between the particle and surfaces in humid environments. The adhesion of particles on rough surfaces has been studied previously [4-10]. The research presented herein combines both variables to separate particle types with minimal water usage.

Full-text paper:
Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, https://doi.org/10.1007/s42461-021-00521-9


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