The Effect of Type and Dosage of Frothers on Coarse Particles Flotation

Document Type: Research Note

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1 Faculty of Engineering, Research and Science Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, I.R. IRAN

2 Faculty of Mining and Metallurgy, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, I.R. IRAN

Abstract

Frothers havea profoundeffectonbubble size and also flotation efficiency. In present study the effect of type and dosage of frothers on the flotation response of coarse particles of quartz was investigated.  Therefore, flotation response of coarse particles using frothers such as MIBC, pine oil, poly propylene glycol with concentration of 0, 25, 50 and 75 g/t, was obtained respectively. For all used frothers, maximum recovery was obtained around frother dosage of 25 g/t and with increasing frother dosage, flotation recovery decreased.  With increasing frother dosage, bubble diameter, d32, decreased and when Poly Propylene Glycol, MIBC and Pine Oil were used as frother, bubble diameter increased. Maximum bubble diameter was obtained around Pine Oil and frother dosage of 25 g/t and minimum bubble diameter was obtained around Poly Propylene Glycol and frother dosage of 75 g/t. As the particle size increased, the probability of collision increased and with using Poly Propylene Glycol, MIBC and Pine Oil, probability of collision increased, respectively. Maximum collision probability was obtained around 65.46 % with Poly Propylene Glycol dosage of 75 g/t and particle size of 545 microns and minimum collision probability was obtained around 1.43 % with Pine Oil dosage of 25 g/t and particle size of 256 microns.

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