A Model of Froth Flotation with Drainage: Simulations and Comparison with Experiments

Betancourt, Fernando; Burger, Raimund; Diehl, Stefan; Gutierrez, Leopoldo; Marti, M. Carmen; Vasquez, Yolanda


The operation of a froth flotation column can be described by a nonlinear convection-diffusion partial differential equation that incorporates the solids-flux and drift-flux theories as well as a model of foam drainage. The resulting model predicts the bubble and (gangue) particle volume fractions as functions of height and time. The steady-state (time-independent) version of the model defines so-called operating charts that map conditions on the gas and pulp feed rates that allow for operation with a stationary froth layer. Operating charts for a suitably adapted version of the model are compared with experimental results obtained with a laboratory flotation column. Experiments were conducted with a two-phase liquid-bubble flow. The results indicate good agreement between the predicted and measured conditions for steady states. Numerical simulations for transient operation, in part for the addition of solid particles, are presented.

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Título según WOS: ID WOS:000959497200001 Not found in local WOS DB
Título de la Revista: MINERALS
Volumen: 13
Número: 3
Editorial: MDPI
Fecha de publicación: 2023


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