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On the effect of water hardness in fluorite flotation - The role of ion specifity

B Michaux, M Rudolph, M Reuter

IMPC 2018 - 29th International Mineral Processing Congress | International Agency of Congress Management | Published : 2019


© IMPC 2018 - 29th International Mineral Processing Congress. All rights reserved. It is relatively well-established in the literature that the flotation of calcium minerals using fatty acids as collector is very sensitive to the process water composition. In particular, hard waters have often been reported to strongly reduce the target mineral recoveries due to the formation of insoluble compounds such as calcium and / or magnesium dioleate, thus reducing the amount of collector available for adsorption onto the mineral surface. In this study, the flotation of a fluorite pre-concentrate was performed with tall oil, an industrial collector essentially containing fatty acids. The tests were p..

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