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Method for Rapid Particle Size Analysis by Hydrosizing and Nuclear Sensing.
Daellenbach-CB; Mahan-WM; Armstrong-FE
NTIS: PB 233 484 :16 pages
A prototype particulate size analyzer system was developed that would rapidly determine size distributions of homogeneous and two- mineral materials in the 74-micrometer (200-mesh) to 7-micrometer size range. The system sizes particles in a series of hydrocyclone elutriation steps and senses the weight of the five sized fractions by nuclear attenuation techniques. Size distribution of materials was determined from experimentally developed mathematical relationships that existed between particulate weight and the measured transmittance of gamma rays from an americium-241 source. In the developmental phases, size distributions of three minerals (quartz, magnetite, and hematite) and a laboratory prepared two- mineral mixture of quartz and magnetite were accurately determined by the prototype system. In later stages of the investigation, semiconcentrates, an intermediate magnetic product from a taconite plant, were evaluated. Using 25-gram feed samples of this industrial material, the analyzer system was found to predict weight percentages for individual size fractions with an accuracy of +/- 0.85 percent or better at a 95-percent confidence level.
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NTIS: PB 233 484
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