Title

Dewatering of copper flotation tailings: Effect of feed dilution on the thickener performance

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy Review: An International Journal

Publisher

Taylor & Francis Group

School

School of Engineering

RAS ID

27309

Comments

Originally published as:

Garmsiri, M. R., & Nosrati, A. (2018). Dewatering of copper flotation tailings: Effect of feed dilution on the thickener performance.. Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy Review.
Advance Online Publication.

Original article available here.

Abstract

Aqueous slurries’ dewatering using gravity-driven thickeners is an essential unit operation in mineral processing. Thickener feed dilution is often used for enhanced flocculation and sediment compressibility. This work investigated the effect of feed dilution on thickener performance for copper flotation tailings. Furthermore, the performance of the feed dilution system (eductor) was investigated from theoretical and practical perspectives. The results indicated that reducing eductor discharge solid loading increased thickener underflow solid loading. Higher thickener feed flow rate also affected eductor performance, reducing its discharge solid loading by 4 wt.%. Finally, a smart thickener dilution system was proposed to maintain optimum dilution.

DOI

10.1080/08827508.2018.1497626

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