Fine and Coarse Mineral Flotation
Project No. :P260F Status :Complete
AMIRA : Dr Chris Ward
Duration : 4 years

The P260F Project is a 4 year project with the following objectives:
1.Increase recovery of value minerals in coarse, composite particles in sponsor flotation plants and ores.
2.Increase recovery of value minerals in fine particles in sponsor flotation plants and ores.
3.Improve selectivity in sponsor flotation plants and ores by increasing rejection of gangue minerals, including minerals containing penalty element such arsenic, antimony, fluorine, mercury and bismuth in base metal concentrates.
4.Increase recovery of gold in sponsor flotation plants and ores.
5.Assess the impact of reducing water consumption in flotation, and develop strategies to mitigate against negative impacts.
6.Improve the concentrate quality of key non-base metal concentrates such as iron ore and phosphate concentrates with our research collaborators.
7.Develop characterisation tools, methods and protocols for use by sponsors.
8.Technology and information transfer to sponsors operations.

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This is accomplished through three separate but integrated modules:
1.Technology Transfer Module.
2.Sulphide Mineral Technical Challenges Module including Tools and Methodologies.
3.Non-Sulphide Mineral Technical Challenges Module.

The Technology Transfer Module includes the following three themes:
1.Technology Transfer from Previous Phases of the P260 Project.
2.Follow up Investigations from the Preceding P260 Projects.
3.Technology Transfer from the P260F Project. Each theme will include information transfer packages, follow-up investigations, workshops, biannual meetings, 1:1 briefings and demonstarations of the P260F toolbox.

The Sulphide Mineral Technical Challenges Module including Tools and Methodologies includes the following themes:
Theme 1 - Coarse and Composite Particle Flotation Recovery
Theme 2 - Fine Particle Flotation Recovery and Particle Interactions
Theme 3 - Rejection of Iron Sulphide and Penalty Minerals in Sulphide Flotation
Theme 4 - Reducing Water Consumption and Water Treatment Options
Theme 5 - Increasing Gold Recovery in Flotation
Theme 6 - Tools and Methodologies

The Non-Sulphide Mineral Technical Challenges Module includes the following themes:
Theme 1- Iron Ore Flotation- Selectivity Issues in the Rejection of Silica
Theme 2- Phosphate Beneficiation - Selectivity Issues in the Rejection of Dolomite
Theme 3- Potash Flotation - Interactions of Magnesium Salts in Flotation of Sylvite- Coarse Sylvite Recovery Methods

Research Providers

  • University of South Australia
  • Research Professor Bill Skinner

    Dr Max Zanin

  • Universidade de Sao Paulo
  • Professor Laurindo de Salles Leal Filho