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Author (up) Benzaazoua, M.; Bussiere, B.
Title Desulphurization of tailings with low neutralizing potential; kinetic study and flotation modeling Type Book Chapter
Year 1999 Publication Sudbury '99; Mining and the environment II; conference proceedings Abbreviated Journal
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Keywords acid mine drainage chemical properties chemical reactions environmental analysis environmental effects experimental studies flotation geochemistry kinetics laboratory studies mathematical models neutralization pH pollution sulfur tailings 22 Environmental geology 02A General geochemistry
Abstract Environmental desulphurization is an attractive alternative for acid generating tailings management as demonstrated during the last few years. In fact, such process placed at the end of the primary treatment circuit allows to reduce greatly the amount of problematic tailings by concentrating the sulphidic fraction. Moreover, the desulphurized tailings (non-acid generating) have the geotechnical and environmental properties for being used as fine material in a cover with capillary barrier effects. To produce desulphurized tailings, non selective froth flotation is the most adapted method as shown in many previous works. Desulphurization level is fixed by tailings sulphur content (or sulphide content) and neutralization potential NP. The final residue should have enough NP to compensate for his acid generating potential AP. In this paper, the authors present the results of laboratory tests conducted in Denver cells for studying the sulphide flotation kinetics of four mine tailings which are characterized by a weak neutralization potential (under 37 kg CaCO (sub 3) /t). Tailings 1, 2, 3 and 4 contain respectively 5.27, 10, 4.25 and 16.9 sulphur Wt. %. Tailings 1 and 2 are cyanide free and are well floated at pH around 11 by using amyl xanthate as collector. Collector dosage was optimized for these tailings and the results show that Tailing 2 need more collector. However, Tailings 3 and 4, which come from a gold cyanidation process, could not provide good sulphide recovery with xanthate collector because of the pyrite depression. To overcome this problem, amine acetate was used successfully but induces important entrainment. The consumption of this collector was also optimized. The results of kinetic tests and collector dosage were combined and modeled to establish relationships which allow to estimate the desulphurization performances.
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Publisher Place of Publication Editor Goldsack, D.; Belzile, N.; Yearwood, P.; Hall, G.
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Notes Desulphurization of tailings with low neutralizing potential; kinetic study and flotation modeling; GeoRef; English; 2002-060841; Sudbury '99; Mining and the environment II--Sudbury '99; L'exploitation miniere et l'environnement, Sudbury, ON, Canada, Sept. 13-17, 1999 References: 26; illus. incl. 5 tables Approved no
Call Number CBU @ c.wolke @ 16572 Serial 452
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