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Type: Conference paper
Title: Optimising regrinding chemistry for pyrrhotite flotation
Author: Ye, X.
Gredelj, S.
Grano, S.
Citation: Chemeca 2008 : Towards a Sustainable Australasia, 2008 pp.98-107
Publisher: Engineers Australia
Publisher Place: CD Rom
Issue Date: 2008
ISBN: 0858258234
Conference Name: CHEMECA (36th : 2008 : Newcastle, Australia)
Organisation: Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources
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X. Ye, S. Gredelj, and S. R. Grano
Abstract: Changes in the surface properties of minerals with grinding and regrinding play a key role in mineral flotation performance, being recognised in industry through the development of the IsaMill and Stirred Mill Detritor. This paper describes some initial results in a larger study which attempts to quantify changes in the flotation properties of sulphide minerals with regrinding using different mills. Pyrrhotite has been chosen in the current study due its importance in the recovery of Platinum Group Minerals and in its separation from pentlandite in Sudbury basin nickel ores. This current paper focuses on the results obtained using a Magotteaux Mill only. Factors which affected pyrrhotite flotation were particle size, grinding media contamination, and exposure of new mineral surface. Pyrrhotite recovery decreased with size reduction from 90%, achieved before regrinding, to 77%, 64%, 30% and 7% after regrinding with stainless steel medium to d{80} values of 60, 40, 20 and 10 m, respectively. Contact angle measurements were applied to quantify surface hydrophobicity as a function of particle size and the B.E.T. method was used to obtain the surface area. Increased collector addition only partially restored pyrrhotite recovery. The surface of the pyrrhotite mineral was changed by regrinding in a way that hindered collector adsorption onto the new mineral surface. A further dramatic depression of pyrrhotite recovery when using mild steel regrinding medium demonstrated that there was an additional contribution to pyrrhotite depression from media contamination in this case.
Keywords: flotation; fine regrinding; pyrrhotite; surface cleaning
Rights: Copyright status unknown
RMID: 0020109345
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