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Application of Dynamic Vapor Sorption for evaluation of hydrophobicity in industrial-scale froth flotation
Boliden Mineral, Department of Process Technology.
RISE – Research Institutes of Sweden AB, Surface, Process and Pharmaceutical Development.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Minerals and Metallurgical Engineering.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Minerals and Metallurgical Engineering.
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2017 (English)In: Minerals Engineering, ISSN 0892-6875, E-ISSN 1872-9444Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The particle surface properties are essential for understanding froth flotation, particularly for the evaluation of various chemical or reagent effects.

Dynamic Vapor Sorption (DVS) is used in the pharmaceutical industry for the evaluation of surface properties and has to the knowledge of the authors not been used for applications in mineral processing. This paper describes an evaluation of industrial ore samples using DVS.

Four samples (feed, CuPb concentrate, Cu concentrate and Pb concentrate) from each of the Cu – Pb flotation processes in the Boliden and Garpenberg concentrators, Sweden, were analyzed by DVS in order to investigate if this technique could be used to estimate differences in their hydrophilicity. The DVS measures the water uptake as a function of the relative humidity (%RH) at constant temperature.

For both series of four samples, it was found that the DVS-data are in precise agreement with the flotation theory on hydrophobicity (indicated by differences in water uptake). The feed material, without any collectors, adsorbed more water compared to the CuPb bulk concentrate, which in turn adsorbed more water than the Cu concentrate. The lead concentrate on the other hand, which had been depressed by dichromate and should be more hydrophilic, showed a higher adsorbance of water than that of the CuPb concentrate.

The repeated measurements of three sub samples from one of the ore samples gave a mean value and an estimated standard deviation of 0.13 ± 0.01%. This shows that the method gives highly reproducible results and that the differences between the samples had high significance. This also shows that the DVS method can serve as a useful complement to traditionally used contact angle or capillary absorption-based measurement methods, especially when screening for new flotation reagents on industrial ore samples.

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Elsevier, 2017.
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Metallurgy and Metallic Materials
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Mineral Processing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-66720DOI: 10.1016/j.mineng.2017.11.004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-66720DiVA: diva2:1159579
Available from: 2017-11-23 Created: 2017-11-23 Last updated: 2017-11-24

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