Evaluation of methods for recovering potash from carnallite ore.
Foot-DG Jr.; Huiatt-JL
Salt Lake City, UT: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 8846, 1984 Jan; :1-19
The Bureau of Mines investigated two methods for recovering potash from carnallite ore in continuous 100-lb/h flotation units. In the insoluble-slimes flotation procedure, insoluble slimes were removed by flotation prior to potash flotation. In the direct flotation method, insoluble slimes were depressed and the potash floated directly without prior removal of the insoluble slimes. Seventy-three percent of the potash in the ore was recovered in a leached final KCl product containing 59.1 pct K2O using the insoluble-slimes flotation method. The direct flotation method recovered 74.5 pct of the potash in a final product containing 60.2 pct K2O. The rate of return on the investment was calculated at 13 pct for the insoluble-slimes flotation method and 15 pct for the direct flotation method, based on a Bureau economic evaluation.
Potassium-carbonates; Slime; Materials-recovery; Flotation; Fertilizers; Design-criteria; Performance-evaluation; Brines; Capitalized-costs; Operating-costs; Cost-analysis
IH; Report of Investigations
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Salt Lake City, UT: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 8846