Froth flotation works by exploiting the hydrophobic properties of gold molecules. First, ore is ground into an extremely fine powder. The powdered ore is mixed with water to create a slurry, which is mixed with surfactants to increase the golds hydrophobicity. This mixture is placed into a large tank filled with distilled water.
Process Introduction. The flotation method is a widely used technique for the recovery of gold from gold containing copper ores, base metal ores, copper nickel ores, platinum group ores and many other ores where other processes are not applicable. Flotation is also used for the removal of interfering impurities before hydrometallurgical treatment, for the upgrading of low sulfide and refractory ores for further treatment.
Flo tation can be used in processing metallic orcs or non metallic ores . Flotation is the most widely used process in the world for extracting min erals. The process also recovers several metals from a single ore body into two or more concentrated prod ucts.
The flotation process, which is today so extensively used for the concentration of base metal sulphide ores and is finding increased use in many other fields. In 1932 flotation plants began to be installed for the treatment of gold and silver ores as a substitute for or in conjunction with cyanidation.
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no flotation can occur. Contact between particles and bubbles can be accomplished in a flotation cell such as the one shown schematically in Figure 5. Figure 5: Simplified schematic of a conventional flotation cell. The rotor draws slurry through the stator and expels it to the sides, creating a suction that draws air down the shaft of the stator.
The ground up ore is mixed with water to create a slurry, which is mixed with surfactants to increase the golds hydrophobicity. This mixture is placed into a tank or flotation cell filled with distilled water. Air bubbles are pumped into the flotation cell and the water is agitated.
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