Flotation. The FLOTATION PROCESS is one of the commonest methods of extracting the valuable minerals from certain classes of ores, and it is generally more efficient as regards the recovery of the minerals than any other process applicable to the treatment of similar types of ores. The metallic contents of the minerals are recovered from the ...
5.4 Froth Flotation. In terms of daily tonnages of ore that are treated globally, froth flotation is the single most important mineral recovery process. This is driven by its ability to selectively separate minerals. Flotation is considered to be a physico chemical process.
Flotation is an economical and effective separation of refined gold technology, especially for these ores that are not suitable for other processes, such as gold bearing copper ore, base metal ore, copper nickel ore, platinum group ore, etc. Flotation is also used to remove impurities before hydrometallurgical treatment (ie, carbon pre ...
The process of froth flotation involves crushing and grinding the ore to a fine size This separates the individual mineral particles from the waste rock and other mineral particles. The grinding is normally done in water with the resultant slurrycalled the pulp. The pulp is processed in the flotation cells.
Flotation is widely used to concentrate copper, lead, and zinc minerals, which commonly accompany one another in their ores. Many complex ore mixtures formerly of little value have become major sources of certain metals by means of the flotation process. This article was most recently revised and updated by Chelsey Parrott Sheffer.
Mineral Processing and Ore Dressing. Before the event of ore dressing, crude ores were shipped directly to the smelters, or the refineries, with the shipper paying the freight and treatment charges. These charges varied with the type of ore and the distance from the smelter. In all cases they were many times our modem milling costs.