Transactions of Nonferrous Metals Society of China
JOURNAL OF RAILWAY SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
|Vol. 12 No. 1 February 2002|
application in packed flotation column
（Department of Chemical Engineering,
Wuhan Institute of Chemical Technology,Wuhan 430073,China）
Abstract:A packed flotation column,which is packed with multiple board ripple packings,was described. Based on comprehensive steady state models,chemical reactordeve loped previously in chemical engineering subjects,have been extended to packed flotation column for mineral separation.The experimental results verify that tanks in series model is better than axially-dispersed plug flow model to describe flow pattern in the collection zone of column by RTD (residence time distribution),and the error of experimental data and calculated data of both models are 0.07%～0.1% and 0.18％～0.45% respectively.And,RTD of gas phase was also considered, results also show that gas in the whole column appears plug flow. The cleaning process through adding wash water in froth zone of column was described, and the effect of superficial air velocity and superficial wash water velocity on the cleaning action of froth zone were discussed. Flotation experiment for single column was conducted for phosphate ores. The recovery for P2O5 was 85.8%,and the grade was 26.8%.
Key words: packing;flotation column;mixing;phosphate ores