Frothing Performance of Frother-Collector Mixtures as Determined by Dynamic Foam Analyzer and Its Implications in Flotation


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Batjargal K., Guven O., ÖZDEMİR O., Karakashev S. I., Grozev N. A., Boylu F., ...More

Minerals, vol.13, no.2, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.3390/min13020242
  • Journal Name: Minerals
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, ABI/INFORM, Aerospace Database, CAB Abstracts, Communication Abstracts, INSPEC, Metadex, Directory of Open Access Journals, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Keywords: collectors, dynamic froth stability, frothers
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

In recent years, most of the studies have been adapted to determine the optimum conditions for the flotation of very fine minerals. In this context, besides parameters such as particle size, morphology, and pH, the effects of frother type and its concentration present a very significant role in optimizing the flotation conditions. Therefore, the effects of froth stability during flotation can be considered one of the most important issues. Considering that knowledge in mind, in this study, the foamability and froth decay rate of six frothers (PPG200, PPG400, PPG600, BTEG, BTPG, and BDPG) having different molecular weights but similar polyglycol structures were investigated. In addition, methyl isobutyl carbinol (MIBC) which is a well-known frother type in the industry was also used as a reference. Additionally, a series of tests were also performed in the presence of collectors (Dodecylamine hydrochloride, DAH, and sodium oleate, NaOL) + frother mixtures to mimic the flotation conditions. The results of these tests indicated that the bubble size became finer at even low concentrations of PPG600 and PPG400 frothers. Following that, a significant decrease in bubble size was also found for the collector + frother mixtures system regardless of the concentration of the frothers.