The effect of shape and roughness on flotation and aggregation of quartz particles
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Adana Alparslan Türkeş Science and Technology University
Publication date: 2022-09-19
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Onur Guven   

Adana Alparslan Türkeş Science and Technology University
Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. 2022;58(6):154021
A combination of grinding and abrasion processes was applied to control the shape and roughness of quartz particles to investigate their roles in flotation recoveries and aggregation rates at different collector concentrations. The results showed that while the roundness values (Ro) of quartz particles varied in the range of 0.56-0.58 (Ro) at 480 and 1920 sec grinding, the roughness values of particles varied between 3.12-4.02 µm at 60 and 240 min abrasion. The flotation and aggregation tests showed while the flotation recovery increased from 31.3 % to 34.2 % in reverse proportion to their roundness values at 1x10-6 M DAH concentrations, a similar increasing trend from 34.1% to 38.1 % as a function of their roughness value from 3.12 µm to 4.02 µm. On the other hand, in the case of aggregation tests, while the turbidity values decreased from 40.6 NTU to 32.1 NTU at 1x10-6 M DAH concentrations for rounder particles, it was found as 36.2 NTU to 31.8 NTU for rougher ones. The overall results of this study indicated that tuning the morphology of quartz particles may be used to adjust both the flotation and aggregation rate of particles.