Coal-pyrite Flotation in Concentrated Pulp: A Pilot Plant Study.
NTIS: PB 272 937 :12 pages
The federal Bureau of Mines coal-pyrite flotation process has been modified to produce a concentrated final clean coal slurry underflow that could be dewatered more effectively by filtration or centrifugation. This change was accomplished by redesigning the Bureau's two-stage flotation pilot plant facility and running the second-stage flotation step with undiluted or only partially diluted first-stage coal froth concentrate. Results of the pilot plant flotation tests showed that substantial sulfur reduction could be achieved by flotation with undiluted pulp but some dilution is recommended for maximum selectivity. For example, coal-pyrite flotation in slurry of 25 percent solids yielded clean coal products analyzing as low as 0.7 percent pyritic sulfur and froth reject products containing slightly over 3.0 percent pyritic sulfur. In comparison, coal-pyrite flotation with pulp diluted to about 12.5 percent solids yielded clean coal containing as low as 0.4 percent pyritic sulfur and froth reject of 5.6 to 6.7 percent pyritic sulfur. Despite the need for some dilution, it was concluded that excellent coal-pyrite flotation selectivity could be achieved without diluting to 6 or 7 percent solids as done in the earlier work. Thus the economic of coal-pyrite flotation would be improved by easing clean coal dewatering problems and by reducing second- stage flotation cell volume requirements.
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