Effect of pulp rheology on flotation of nickel sulphide ore with fibrous gangue particles

Genc A. M. , Kilickaplan I., Laskowski J. S.

CANADIAN METALLURGICAL QUARTERLY, cilt.51, sa.4, ss.368-375, 2012 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 51 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2012
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1179/1879139512y.0000000006
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.368-375


Tests are carried out with suspensions of fibrous chrysotile particles and nickel sulphide ore containing chrysotile as a gangue. They corroborate published results, and indicate a very strong effect of particle shape on slurry rheology. Such suspensions exhibit time dependent properties. The flotation tests revealed that the viscosity of this system strongly affects flotation performance. At a solids concentration of 15-20% (w/w), the concentrate yield increases and the concentrate grade dramatically declines. This deterioration is observed when the Casson yield stress exceeds 1.5-2 Pa. The tests imply that the rheological properties of the investigated system are mainly determined by fibrous components. However, because of the presence of anisotropic mineral particles, the effect of particle-particle interactions cannot be separated from the effect of particle shape in this system.