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Effects of pulp chemistry on plant and laboratory flotation modelling


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Author A L Randriamanjatosoa, C Greet and G Small


In flotation simulation models, the effects of pulp chemistry other than pH are often ignored and reduced to particles hydrophobicity or contact angle, neither of which can be measured readily in real time in an operating plant. The flotation response of a given sulphide mineral is known to be influenced and can be improved by changing the chemical characteristics of the pulp during grinding and flotation. The on-line measurement of pulp pH, potential, dissolved oxygen, temperature and oxygen demand of a process stream was completed with the PCM® (Pulp Chemistry Monitor) developed by Magotteaux in this study. The data generated together with relevant plant operating parameters were used to construct an empirical model and simulate the metallurgical performance of the ore. The same approach was also applied to laboratory flotation tests data using various grinding media types. The flotation models better fit the actual data when the chemistry of the pulp is taken into account.


Randriamanjatosoa, A L, Greet, C and Small, G, 2018. Effects of pulp chemistry on plant and laboratory flotation modelling, in Proceedings 14th AusIMM Mill Operators' Conference 2018, pp 423–432 (The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne).