Predicting the recovery of composite mineral particles in froth flotation (ARC Discovery Project administered by the University of Newcastle) (2019–2022)

Abstract:
This proposal aims to provide a rigorous fundamental basis for a new method of predicting the recovery of valuable minerals from ores, using the flotation process. The effect of cell hydrodynamics on the rate constants will be investigated, using an innovative theory developed by CI Jameson. In parallel, CI Nguyen will use his expertise with the most modern 3D X-ray microcomputed tomography analyser, to measure and interpret the effects of surface liberation. The result will be a completely new way of modelling the behaviour of individual flotation cells, and banks of cells in series. It will also provide a means of comparing the behaviour of flotation devices, some of traditional design and others new to the industry.
Grant type:
University of Newcastle
Researchers:
  • Professor
    School of Chemical Engineering
    Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
Funded by:
University of Newcastle