January 2019
Volume 71    Issue 1

Combined effect of operating parameters on separation efficiency and kinetics of copper flotation

Bahrami, Ataallah; Ghorbani, Yousef; Hosseini, Mohammad Raouf; Kazemi, Fatemeh; Abdollahi, Morteza; Danesh, Abolfazl

ABSTRACT:

Full-text paper:
Bahrami, A., Ghorbani, Y., Hosseini, M.R. et al. Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (2019) 36: 409. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42461-018-0005-y

This study aims to investigate the effects of the operational variables on the concentrate grade, recovery, separation efficiency and kinetic parameters of the copper flotation process. The results indicate that concentrate collecting time and pulp density were the parameters with the greatest effects on the concentrate grade. Considering copper recovery, the concentrate collecting time, collector dosage and pulp density were the most significant variables, in decreasing order of importance. The separation efficiency was found to be mainly influenced by the concentrate collecting time. This study can be helpful in identifying the parameters with the most effects on flotation performance and, consequently, the overall process efficiency, including recovery and separation efficiency. Such an outcome can be used as a decision-based tool to apply the necessary changes in a real-life industrial operation in a more effective way to improve the quality and quantity of the flotation concentration.

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