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author = {Mesa, Pena D and Morrison, AJ and Brito, Parada PR},
doi = {10.1016/j.mineng.2020.106533},
journal = {Minerals Engineering},
title = {The effect of impeller-stator design on bubble size: implications for froth stability and flotation performance},
url = {},
volume = {157},
year = {2020}

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AB - The impeller in a mechanical flotation tank plays a key role in keeping particles in suspension, dispersing and breaking-up air bubbles, and promoting particle-bubble collision. However, the turbulent regime generated by the impeller can also affect the pulp-froth interface, destabilising the lower regions of the froth and affecting the overall flotation performance. The effects that pulp zone design modifications have on the froth are, however, poorly understood and have not been well-studied.In this work, we study the impact of impeller-stator design on the performance of a large laboratory-scale flotation tank. Two different impeller designs, with and without a stator, were assessed under a range of air flow rates to determine changes in pulp bubble size, froth stability, and metallurgical recovery. The results allow us to quantify, for the first time, the reduction in bubble size in a three-phase flotation system and the improvement in froth stability due to the use of a stator, and thus the enhancement in flotation performance. An inverse relationship is found between the pulp bubble size and froth stability. It is shown that the impeller designs that exhibited smaller bubble sizes resulted in higher froth stability values and also higher flotation recoveries. These findings provide insights into the links between pulp and froth zone phenomena, paving the way for improvements in flotation tank design that lead towards flotation optimisation.
AU - Mesa,Pena D
AU - Morrison,AJ
AU - Brito,Parada PR
DO - 10.1016/j.mineng.2020.106533
PY - 2020///
SN - 0892-6875
TI - The effect of impeller-stator design on bubble size: implications for froth stability and flotation performance
T2 - Minerals Engineering
UR -
UR -
VL - 157
ER -