How to Perform a Laboratory Flotation Test

This is an overview of setting up and conducting a flotation rate test. The test is a means of determining the flotation characteristics of an ore. It is conducted in a laboratory scale cell usually with a volume of two point five litres. The intention is to generate relationships of cumulative recovery, mass pull and … Read more

How to Analyse Flotation Test Results

It is pointless to do lab flotation tests if you do not know How to Analyse Flotation Test Results. Here are must read articles on learning float test result evaluation. Mineralogy & Flotation: Floatability VS Selectivity Test Assessment Flotation Kinetics: Mass & Water Recovery VS Entrainment & Mineralogy Timed Flotation Test: Concentrate Collection & Cumulative Grade … Read more

Timed Flotation Test & Cumulative Grade Recovery Curve

Apart from conducting a rate test in the correct manner, it’s important to collect the right number of concentrates and at the right times; doing this will ensure that the data you generate maximizes your analysis of flotation response. To properly define the relationship between recovery and time, you need a minimum of four concentrates … Read more

Mineralogy & Flotation: Floatability VS Selectivity Test Assessment

Mineralogy is the driving force behind flotation performance. A flotation batch and rate test measures this as mass pull recovery and concentrate grade. The real data from a rate test can be processed to determine the flotation kinetics of metal, mineral and gangue. What we cover here is what are kinetics and what do they mean. … Read more

Froth Flotation Applications

Unusual Applications Of The Flotation Process: In the mineral industry flotation is often defined as a physicochemical process that has the capability of separating two or more finely divided minerals from each other. In the usual concept of flotation all three forms of matter are involved and many of the physical and chemical properties of gases, … Read more

Flotation Kinetics: Mass & Water Recovery VS Entrainment & Mineralogy

This covers the recovery of entrained solids with water and the relationship between mineralogy and flotation performance; both are described in terms of flotation kinetics. The starting points for the relationship between mass and water recovery other products of a flotation rate test. In addition to concentrate mass, metal or mineral and floatable gangue. If … Read more

Grind Size & Liberation for Optimum Flotation Recovery

Here is a trick for knowing if your flotation feed grind size is fine enough to achieve adequate mineral liberation without doing a full mineralogy study. If your key mineral is sufficiently liberated, it should float and be recovered in the first few minutes in an initial %mass that stabilizes quickly = the green curve. … Read more

Flotation Circuits Diagrams

Since several types of flotation circuits can generally be employed in conjunction with the various processes for the flotation of different classes of minerals, an outline of the standard circuits in common use is best given before the processes to which they are applicable are described. The flow sheets illustrating them are diagrammatic, but, in … Read more

Silver Gold Recovery Flotation Process

The ores from which silver and gold are recoverable by flotation divide themselves naturally into two general processing classes: ores in which the valuable minerals are those of the base metals, the precious metals being incidental constituents, and ores in which the gold and silver are of primary importance, the base-metal minerals, if present, being … Read more