Effect of phosphate quality on foam generation during the phosphoric acid production process
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Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry and PhysicoChemistry of Materials, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences Ben M'Sik, UniversityHassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
Engineering, industrial management, and innovation laboratory, faculty of Science and Techniques, University HASSAN I, BP: 577, Settat, Morocco;
OCP Group.JorfLasfar, ElJadida, Morocco
CBS laboratory, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Ben Guerir, Morocco.
Mines Saint-Etienne ENSM-SE Centre sciences des Processus Industriels et Naturels (SPIN)
Publication date: 2021-01-16
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Hamid Mazouz   

OCP Group.JorfLasfar, ElJadida, Morocco
Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. 2021;57(2):49-58
The presence of organics materials in phosphate ores generates foam during the manufacture of phosphoric acid, thus affecting the production performance and the quality of the products. Today, in the phosphate industry defoamers are used to reduce the negative impact of foam phosphoric production. In the present work, we focused on root cause evaluation for foam generation during the phosphoric acid production process, we evaluated the effect of phosphate rock quality in terms of organic carbon (OC) and carbonate content, on foam generation using a laboratory protocol for foaming ability evaluation. The results show that there is a relationship between the volume of the foam generated and the values of those impurities, while the volume of foam generated is higher when the concentration of OC and Carbonate is high. In our work, we confirm that the foaming ability of the phosphate rock can be avoided if the concentration of organic carbon less than 0.1% and less than 3% for carbonate.
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