Response of process parameters for processing of iron ore slime using column flotation

Dey, Shobhana and Pani, Santosh and Singh, Ratnakar and Paul, Gyan Manjari (2015) Response of process parameters for processing of iron ore slime using column flotation. International Journal of Mineral Processing, 140 (IF-1.310). pp. 58-65.

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Iron ore slimes of India contain high alumina and silica that reduce the grade and pose difficulty in processing. This investigation addresses the interactive effect of process parameters on the processing of Indian iron ore slimes by using column flotation. The iron ore slime containing 58.7% Fe, 52% SiO2 and 4.9% Al2O3 was used for this investigation. The subsequent size analysis, chemical characterisation, desliming and column flotation tests were performed targeting the effect of process parameters on the flotation behaviour of the slimes. A factorial design of experimental approach was followed using three variables at two levels namely froth height, superficial air velocity, and collector dosage. The dosages of frother and depressant were held constant. Froth height plays a significant role on recovery and Fe-grade in the concentrate. The interaction effects of the variable factors on recovery and Fe grade of concentrate were studied. The relationship between the residence time of air in froth zone and recovery was also established. Increased residence time demands more collector dopage for high recovery of the concentrate. Recovery of the concentrate could be improved to 63% (54.6% overall recovery) with a grade of 64.3% Fe, 1.9% silica and 22% alumina. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Uncontrolled Keywords:Iron ore slime; Desliming; Column flotation; Froth recovery; Superficial air velocity
Divisions:Mineral Processing
ID Code:7264
Deposited By:Sahu A K
Deposited On:06 Aug 2015 17:54
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