Journal article

Study of process water recirculation in a flotation plant by means of process simulation

B Michaux, J Hannula, M Rudolph, MA Reuter

Minerals Engineering | Elsevier | Published : 2020

Abstract

One of the biggest challenges in the mining industry is the need for water management systems that consider production-related issues when the quality of process water is subject to variations. Part of the work required to tackle this challenge is the development of simulation platforms that correlate the quality of the process water to the processing plant performance. In this paper, the application of a previously developed method to include the impact of process water chemistry in the simulation of a flotation plant performance is presented. The water chemistry-dependent plant simulation is then used to investigate the impact of intensified process water recirculation on the flotation pla..

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This work was supported through the POF III funding of the Helmholtz Foundation in the EMR program Topic 5 Resource Technologies, to which the authors are greatly thankful for having made this research possible. We furthermore acknowledge the support and insight of international flotation colleagues in academia and industry during various discussions at the MEI Flotation'19 conference in Cape Town, November 11th - 14th 2019. Finally, we thank for the constructive three reviewers who helped shape the manuscript to its final state.