Fluidised-bed flotation has been demonstrated over the last 16 years as an effective method for improving the flotation recovery of coarse particles. This technology has been successfully deployed into the industrial mineral sector with multiple installations within phosphate beneficiation plants and potash mills. Due to the minimal mineral surface expression required when utilising this technology, more recent studies have centred on the applicability of using this HydroFloat™ technology for the recovery of coarse sulfides and base metals. Multiple approaches have been investigated to determine the best means for implementing this novel coarse particle flotation system into both existing and new plant circuitry. These include the treatment of tailings to recover values that have been lost using conventional technologies and also the direct treatment of a coarse feed, either within the grinding circuit or by use of a separate split-feed flotation approach. Recent applications of the technology will be presented along with data generated from several test campaigns and ongoing research investigations. The benefits of properly applying this technology, such as reduced power consumption and increased mill capacity will be discussed.
Kohmuench, J N, Thanasekaran, H, Mankosa, M J and Luttrell, G H, 2016. The Impact of Fluidised-bed Flotation for Treating Coarse Sulfides, in Proceedings 13th AusIMM Mill Operators’ Conference 2016, pp 105–112 (The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne).