Enhancing the Utilization Potential of a Low Grade Chromite Ore through Extensive Physical Separation

Singh, Ranjeet K and Dey, Shobhana and Mohanta, M K and Das, Avimanyu (2014) Enhancing the Utilization Potential of a Low Grade Chromite Ore through Extensive Physical Separation. Separation Science and Technology, 49(12) (IF-1.200). pp. 1937-1945.

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Low grade chromite ore with less than 30% Cr2O3 was investigated with a view to enhance its utilization potential. The ore contained olivine, serpentine, and chrysotile as the gangue minerals. The chromite mineral contained alumina, magnesia, and FeO in its lattice. Critical mineralogical assessment indicated that enrichment to a level of 39-43% Cr2O3 may be possible. Beneficiation of the ore was undertaken using gravity based methods. Inadequate liberation prevented any significant enrichment at 0.9 mm top size. At 0.3 mm top size, the spiral concentration generated a concentrate with 40.5% Cr2O3 from the coarser fraction. The finer fraction was treated in a shaking table to generate another concentrate with 41.6% Cr2O3. The final combined concentrate assayed 41.2% Cr2O3 with a Cr/Fe ratio of 2.27. The middling from both treatments were rich in chromite content and were recommended to be included in the concentrates. Chromite recovery from the coarse reject was also beneficial. It was recommended that 8-10% solids content of the reject stream with 0.02 kg/t of Magnafloc flocculant may be used to achieve best settling characteristics of the reject fines.

Item Type:Article
Official URL/DOI:http://10.1080/01496395.2014.903495
Uncontrolled Keywords: liberation; spiral concentration; tabling; settling; flocculation
Divisions:Material Science and Technology
ID Code:7086
Deposited By:Sahu A K
Deposited On:23 Sep 2014 10:20
Last Modified:24 May 2021 10:30
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