Effective flotation of weathered coal using frother blend

Dey, Shobhana and Paul, Gyan Manjari and Pani, Santosh (2013) Effective flotation of weathered coal using frother blend. In: National Seminar On Coal Preparation Technology,CPT-2013 , 22-23 Feburary 2013, CIMFR, Dhanbad.



Froth flotation of weathered coal is a challenging task in a conventional flotation cell using commonly used collector and frother. Generally weathered coal shows the erratic flotation behaviour due to the surface oxidation as it makes the coal surface hydrophilic. When the surface gets oxidized, surface modifier is employed to float the clean coal. Frothers play significant role in stabilizing the mineralized bubble. It reduces the bubble size by reducing the interfacial tension at the air water interface. During this investigation, the flotation was carried out with two types of frothers namely; methyl isobutyl carbinol (MIBC), a weak frother and a strong polyglycol type. The Factorial design matrix was used for carrying out the experiments with the different ratio of frother blend, collector and promoter dosage. The high concentration of MIBC is found to be not effective for recovering the significant amount of carbon value as it causes less reduction of the interfacial tension at the air-water interface. The presence of a correct dosage of strong frother with weak one dramatically improves the flotation behaviour as it stabilizes the air-water interface and also reduces the consumption of the frothers.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Official URL/DOI:http://eprints.nmlindia.org/6551
Uncontrolled Keywords:Oxidized coal flotation, Surface modification, Frother blend, Critical micelle concentration
Divisions:Mineral Processing
ID Code:6551
Deposited By:Dr. Shobhana Dey
Deposited On:19 Apr 2013 10:59
Last Modified:19 Apr 2013 10:59
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