Copper ore density separations by float/sink in a dry sand fluidised bed dense medium

George V. Franks, Muhamad Firdaus, Jun Oshitani

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Abstract

Two types of copper ore have been separated based on density by float/sink in a dry sand fluidised bed dense medium. This is the first report of dry separation of lump copper ores using a dry sand fluidised bed dense medium. The separation point density and the separation efficiency, characterised by the probable error, can be controlled by changing the amount of different density sand particles in the medium mixture and the fluidisation air velocity. It has been shown that separation point densities between about 2200 and 3700 kg/m 3 with probable errors typically in the range of 0.01 to 0.06 can be obtained. Ores with particles in the size range of between about 10 and 25 mm can be treated. Depending on the ore mass-density distribution and copper-density distribution, between about 20 to more than 40% of the low density ore could potentially be rejected prior to wet grinding with little loss of valuable copper. This would significantly reduce the amount of energy and water required for wet grinding and down stream processing such as flotation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-20
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Mineral Processing
Volume121
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2013

Keywords

  • Copper ore
  • Dry processing
  • Fluid bed

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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