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author = {Mackay, I and Videla, AR and Brito, Parada PR},
doi = {10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.118436},
journal = {Journal of Cleaner Production},
title = {The link between particle size and froth stability - Implications for reprocessing of flotation tailings},
url = {},
volume = {242},
year = {2020}

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AB - Historic tailings dams can often be considered as valuable mineral reserves due to the declining head grades of primary deposits. The reprocessing of such material is of great interest to the minerals processing industry, not only from an economic point of view, but also from an environmental one. However, tailings material is generally comprised of fine particles, which poses a challenge for its reprocessing using froth flotation due to reduced recoveries of these particle sizes. In addition, there is some debate as to the effect that these fine particles have on the froth stability, which in turn is linked to mineral recovery.In this work, air recovery was used as a measure of froth stability to determine the flotation response of a copper tailings ore to changes in particle size distribution and superficial gas velocity. The system exhibited a maximum in air recovery, which correlates well with the local peak in dynamic froth stability presented in previous work. This maximum in froth stability is also shown to correspond to an improvement in flotation performance, thus highlighting the importance of considering the link between particle size, air rate and froth stability when determining the flotation strategy for tailings reprocessing. The results are discussed in terms of the implications for the reprocessing plant from where the ore samples were obtained and, more generally, for the efficient flotation reprocessing of tailings.
AU - Mackay,I
AU - Videla,AR
AU - Brito,Parada PR
DO - 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.118436
PY - 2020///
SN - 0959-6526
TI - The link between particle size and froth stability - Implications for reprocessing of flotation tailings
T2 - Journal of Cleaner Production
UR -
UR -
VL - 242
ER -