Development of enhanced sulfur rejection processes. Final technical progress report, third quarter (8. quarterly report), July 1--September 30, 1994

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Pyrite becomes hydrophobic upon superficial oxidation and floats without a collector. The flotation begins to occur at potentials above the stable potentials identified by the chronoamperometry experiments conducted with freshly fractured pyrite. This finding suggests that iron polysulfide, formed during the initial stages of oxidation, is responsible for the flotation. The collectorless flotation is suppressed above the potential where the mineral is aggressively oxidized, forming iron hydroxide and soluble sulfoxy species. The collectorless flotation is less significant at pH 9.2 than at pH 4.6, possibly due to the formation of iron hydroxide. At pH 9.2, the collectorless flotation increases in ... continued below

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Yoon, R.H.; Luttrell, G.H.; Tao, D.P.; Lu, M.X. & Richardson, P.E. March 20, 1996.

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Pyrite becomes hydrophobic upon superficial oxidation and floats without a collector. The flotation begins to occur at potentials above the stable potentials identified by the chronoamperometry experiments conducted with freshly fractured pyrite. This finding suggests that iron polysulfide, formed during the initial stages of oxidation, is responsible for the flotation. The collectorless flotation is suppressed above the potential where the mineral is aggressively oxidized, forming iron hydroxide and soluble sulfoxy species. The collectorless flotation is less significant at pH 9.2 than at pH 4.6, possibly due to the formation of iron hydroxide. At pH 9.2, the collectorless flotation increases in the presence of EDTA and hydrocarbon oil. The collectorless flotation of pyrite can be suppressed by galvanically coupling the mineral with reactive metals such as aluminum, manganese, and zinc. This effectively prevents the mineral from oxidation. The microflotation tests conducted with mono-sized pyrite samples show that the collectorless flotation can be suppressed effectively in the presence of metal powders. Bench-scale flotation experiments conducted using Denver laboratory flotation cell and a 2-inch diameter Microcel flotation column, also demonstrates that the collectorless flotation can be suppressed in the presence of the reactive metals. It has been established that the most important parameters determining the effectiveness of suppressing pyrite flotation by the galvanic coupling technique are the surface area of the galvanic contractors and the solids concentration of the slurry during conditioning.

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  • Report No.: DOE/PC/92246--T9
  • Grant Number: AC22-92PC92246
  • DOI: 10.2172/578569 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 578569
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc691193

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Yoon, R.H.; Luttrell, G.H.; Tao, D.P.; Lu, M.X. & Richardson, P.E. Development of enhanced sulfur rejection processes. Final technical progress report, third quarter (8. quarterly report), July 1--September 30, 1994, report, March 20, 1996; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc691193/: accessed September 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.