Researchers from The University of Queensland’s Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) propose the formation of a Collaborative Consortium for Coarse Particle Processing Research (CPR), to help co-ordinate and align research efforts aimed at producing practical and applied solutions to industrial issues surrounding coarse particle processing in general, and those of the Eriez HydroFloat™ in particular.

Potential benefits of applying Eriez HydroFloat™ technology:

  • Increased plant throughput
  • Energy savings, particularly in comminution due to reduced grinding effort and early removal of waste
  • Improved water recovery performance
  • Reduction in Acid Mine Drainage risk
  • Potential for increased revenue due to reduced losses, higher productivity, lower energy use
  • Viability of, and access to, new ore bodies that otherwise may be deemed uneconomic

Key Questions:

  • What are the optimum chemical and hydrodynamic conditions for operating the HydroFloat™?
  • What properties make an ore body amenable for treatment by the HydroFloat™?
  • What is the best placement of the HydroFloat™ within existing processing flow sheets?
  • How do you predict HydroFloat™ performance?
  • How do we effectively scale-up the HydroFloat™ design?
  • How does the use of the HydroFloat™ affect the overall circuit mass, energy and water balance?
  • How can we make better use of existing flotation technologies for treating coarse particles to augment the HydroFloat™?


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