Control of montmorillonite via complexation and ultrasonics in the selective flocculation of iron ores

Arol, ; A. I., ; Iwasaki, I.
Organization: Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration
Pages: 6
Publication Date: Jan 1, 1988
The presence of calcium ion in iron ore pulps causes heterocoagulation of rnontmorillonite on hematite leading to indiscriminate dispersion. Two methods were investigated to control the adverse effect of montmorillonite: a chemical method using such complexing agents as EDTA and sodium tripoly- phosphate, and a mechanical method involving ultra- sonic treatment. Their roles in controlling the adverse effect were investigated by zeta potential measurements, starch adsorption tests, and flocculation and selective flocculation tests.
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