The Effect of Turbulence on the Flotation Rate of Galena When Using Fine Bubbles.
Soc Min Metall and Exploration Littleton Colorado 1989 :77-84
The U.S. Bureau of Mines examined the influence of turbulence on the fine-bubble flotation of fine-sized (minus 40-mm) galena in order to improve flotation efficiency. Fine bubble flotation was carried out in a spinning-disk flotation cell and was compared to results obtained from flotation in a conventional cell at equivalent agitation levels. An automated electrochemical technique was used to monitor the turbulent velocity distributions of the fluid within the cell as a function of time and position. The velocity profiles were used to increase the precision of the fine particle, turbulent flotation model. While improved flotation response was obtained with intense agitation, the effect of bubble size was small. These results matched the model's predicted response for fine-particle flotation.
Soc. Min., Metall., and Exploration, Littleton, Colorado, 1989, PP. 77-84