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Graphite Processing (6 replies)

Jean Rasczak
10 months ago
Jean Rasczak 10 months ago

Can anyone suggest what will be the next process after processing and beneficiation of low grade graphite ore by froth flotation? What flowsheet is my plant needing and how I remove coated graphite form the clay particle after flotation?

Dizzy Flores
10 months ago
Dizzy Flores 10 months ago

Normally the flotation process is what is used to separate the graphite from the clay, if this is not happening you may need to adjust your reagents. Alternatively, if the clay is finely disseminated, classification will work after flotation.

Do you have the quality specifications - physical (e.g., sizing) and chemical (impurities), etc.?

Ace Levy
10 months ago
Ace Levy 10 months ago

You can try one step of de-slime in scrubber drum before the flotation. Or a tank to mix the reagents before dosages in cells. Try contacts with Clarient or Cytec reagents suppliers.

Sugar Watkins
10 months ago
Sugar Watkins 10 months ago

What do you mean by coated graphite? Do you mean clay coated graphite or graphite coatings on other minerals? If it is the former, as Wesley has suggested, very gentle attrition in the presence of a dispersant (e.g. sodium silicate, etc.). But then, how did it float - unless it was only a partial coating?

Jean Rasczak
10 months ago
Jean Rasczak 10 months ago

Basically my graphite is coated on clay. My question is how I remove my graphite so that ash% become low. Feed ash 76%. Flotation product ash % is 33 %. Now I want to reduce up to 10 %

Bill Rico
10 months ago
Bill Rico 10 months ago

I would think that you are not too worried about maximising the size of the graphite particles so gentle attrition is the way forward. You need to have a way to physically separate the clay from the graphite before attempting the separation, which would probably consist of classification (depending how fine the graphite has become) then flotation in the presence of dispersant at low percent solids.

Carmen Ibanz
10 months ago
Carmen Ibanz 10 months ago

It's a matter of how you design grinding and classification process before the flotation. If there is overgrinding problem in the process you will have graphite slime coating on clay particles and this makes those clay particles behave like graphite particles and will report to the floated products.

I suggest:

1. Go back to correct your grinding and classification step.(better be closed circuit).

2. Apply a proper dispersant and do the flotation at low % solids as Andrew suggested.

One recommended dispersant for not-wet particles is aerosol OT. You may ask Cytec how to get this kind of dispersant.

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