Role of particle size on flotation kinetics of Turkish sphalerite ores

Bayat O. , UCURUM M., POOLE C.

ASIAN JOURNAL OF CHEMISTRY, cilt.16, ss.733-743, 2004 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 16 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2004
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.733-743


The effects of size distribution on the flotation behaviour of sphalerite have been investigated in terms of kinetic parameters. In experimental studies, sub-samples of a Turkish sphalerite ore were ground for different times using a laboratory ball mill. Timed batch tests were then undertaken using a pilot flotation column and the resulting recovery/time data were used in kinetic modelling. Results indicated that sphalerite floated rapidly at a medium particle size distribution (d(80) = 0.125 mm in this case). In addition, a statistical analysis of data demonstrated that the flotation rate constant corresponded to a first-order model with rectangular distribution of floatabilities given by the equation