Influence of particle size on flotation separation of ilmenite, olivine, and pyroxene
Yaohui Yang 1,   Longhua Xu 2  
,   Jian Deng 1,   Shujun Liu 1
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Institute of Multipurpose Utilization of Mineral Resource
Southwest University of Science and Technology
Longhua Xu   

Southwest University of Science and Technology
Publication date: 2021-08-14
Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. 2021;57(5):106–117
The rock type in Panxi area is changing from gabbro type to olivine pyroxene type, which makes it difficult for enterprises to obtain better beneficiation indexes at present. In order to solve this problem, we use a variety of modern test techniques, such as zeta potential measurements, Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, adsorption amount measurements, and mineral-reagent interaction energy simulation to analyze the influence of particle size on mineral flotation behavior and the interaction of fine-grained minerals in this paper. The experiments results indicate that the presence of fine-grained (-19 um) mineral particles is deleterious to the flotation of ilmenite, the ilmenite recovery decreases as the microfine grade content of pyroxene and olivine increases, distribution of narrow size minerals is beneficial to the minerals flotation performance, and the order of sodium oleate (NaOL) adsorption strength on different ilmenite crystal planes is (1011) > (0001). The research results of this paper deepen the understanding of the olivine type ilmenite resources in Panxi area, enrich the theoretical system of flotation separation of refractory ilmenite, and provide theoretical support for the key technical problems of flotation separation of ilmenite in Panxi area.