Mineralogy and pre-concentration of the chromite overburden of the Sukinda Ultramafic Belt, Orissa, India

Mohanty, J K and Rao, D S and Rao, R Bhima (2000) Mineralogy and pre-concentration of the chromite overburden of the Sukinda Ultramafic Belt, Orissa, India. CIM Bulletin, 93 (1038). pp. 37-43.

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Abstract

Physical, mineralogical and geochemical characterization, along with some beneficiation approach to pre-concentrate the Ni content of the chromite overburden material of the Sukinda Valley India, have been carried our in derail. Mineralogically, the overburden consists of geothite, quartz, hematite, magnetite and secondary silicates in varying proportions. A specific Ni mineral phase is absent in this material with the Ni and Fe being mostly enriched in finer fractions. Distribution of Ni and Fe in various size fractions and increase of Ni with increase in Fe (goethite content) indicate that goethite is the major Ni-bearing mineral phase. Quantitative estimation of goethite from chemical analysis and weight loss data indicates that the goethite quantity varies from 40% to 90%. Electron microprobe analysis (EPMA) indicates hat which and Ni-poor goethite are present in the overburden material A sequential dissolution study indicates that more than 50% of the Ni are present within the goethite lattice as a lattice substitution. The results of pre-concentration studies (size classification, gravity, flotation and magnetic separation) indicate that hii is richer in liner fractions. Further, the enrichment of Ni content is limited to 1.1% with 50% recovery by classification followed by hydrocyclone separation of the below 53 mu m fraction.

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