Flotation is about creating the proper energy dissipation rate in the cells to obtain optimal contact between the air bubbles and the particles for extracting the minerals. The function of the rotor/stator is to make bubbles from the forced air, suspend the particles, and create an environment for bubbles and particles to make contact and rise to the top as froth for concentration and collection.
Our forced-air flotation design features a streamlined, high-efficiency rotor that works as a very powerful pump. Working together the stator, these components generate an energy-intensive turbulence zone in the bottom of the cell. The forced-air design allows for control of the air flow. The well-defined turbulence zone results in multiple passes of unattached particles through the highest energy dissipation area of the cell where fine particles are driven into contact with the air bubbles.
The stator design, in addition to providing good separation of the cell zones, also serves to redirect the rotor jet uniformly across the tank. This allows dispersion, or distribution, of the maximum amount of air into the cell without disturbing the surface an important consideration for fine particle recovery. The air dispersion capabilities of our Dorr-Oliver cell design exceed all competitive forced-air designs.
By containing the intense circulation energy at the bottom of the cell, the upper zones of the cell remain quiescent, or passive, to maximise recovery of marginally attached coarse particles and minimise the carriage of undesired material.
We have equipped our forced-air flotation tank cells with a uniquely designed, high-efficiency radial launder system that accelerates froth removal as it reaches the surface. Bubble-particle aggregates travel vertically through the froth lattice. The high-efficiency radial launder is shaped to receive the froth uniformly from the cell surface, as well as from the typically heavy-loaded area near the centre of a forced-air machine. On passing over the lip, the froth accelerates to the perimeter of the cell. This unique design rarely requires launder water.
The two factors having the strongest impact on a flotation circuits performance are metallurgical recovery and flotation cell availability. Our forced-air flotation machines provide superior performance in both of these important areas, while offering additional, distinct advantages.
Superior metallurgical performance: Intense recirculation in a well-defined mixing zone multiplies the chances of contact between mineral particles and air bubbles, providing for greater mineral recoveries and higher concentrate grades.
Greater availability: Non-clogging design of the rotor reduces maintenance requirements, minimising failure, and increases availability. Our flotation mechanisms also can be removed for maintenance without process interruption.
Low reagent costs: Air is a natural reagent in the flotation process. Having a wide air dispersion capability permits you to fine-tune your flotation plant to deliver the optimum value for your process.
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Grinding Solutions offers a comprehensive range of froth flotation services. We specialise in integrating comminution, grinding chemistry and froth flotation to optimise the whole process and/or to better replicate plant conditions.
We provide a tailored service using our experience in understanding the complexities of separation using froth flotation and can adapt our experimental procedure to fit your required outcomes. Our laboratory equipment includes Denver and Wemco top driven float cells and a Magotteaux bottom driven float cell, with cell capacities from 1 to 5 L. Following testwork, we use a range of analytical tools to characterise test products, such as XRF and Malvern Mastersizer 3000 as well as external analytical techniques such as chemical assay and SEM. In addition, measurements of air recovery and froth characteristics can further inform our interpretation of the data.
Rates kinetic testing is essential in determining the optimal float times and scaling up of the flotation cells. By splitting the flotation stages into multiple concentrates an overview of the flotation stage in terms of grade and recovery can be obtained. The tests can also be used to ensure that the reagent type and addition rate are working effectively.
Using open circuit testing, a full circuit configuration can be developed, tested and evaluated. This is used to maximise the efficiency of the cleaners and optimise any regrinds within the circuit. Regrinds can be carried out using stirred media mills such as the SMD. A full circuit test indicates the grades of re-circulating loads and elude to the possibility of slime generation.
Locked cycle testwork can be undertaken to test the stability and robustness of devised circuit configuration over a multitude of cycles. Locked Cycle tests are essential in determining the likely plant grades/recoveries once the system has achieved steady state with regards the re-circulating loads. Following Locked Cycle testing a full metallurgical balance can be derived and plant performance projections. Analytical tools in addition to chemical assay, such as particle size analysis and optical analysis on concentrates, allow for broad range of information to be gathered.
The 10th International Flotation Conference (Flotation '21) is organised by MEI in consultation with Prof. Jim Finch and is sponsored by Promet101, Maelgwyn Mineral Services, Magotteaux, Gold Ore, CiDRA Minerals Processing, Hudbay Minerals, Senmin, Clariant, BASF, Eriez, Nouryon, Festo, Newmont,Cancha, Zeiss,FLSmidthand Kemtec-Africa.
We will have the participation of world-class experts, who, together with those responsible for Concentrator Plants, Research Centers and Suppliers will discuss fundamental and technological aspects and share operational experiences with best practices in Flotation.
- Minerals in flotation (Sulphide and gangue mineralogy). - Air in flotation. - Water in flotation, water recovery strategy of tailings. - Flotation reagents (Collectors, foamings, modifiers, activators, lime, CMC).
- Grinding and regrinding for liberation (SAG and Balls Mills) - Regrinding of intermediate flotation products (foams scavenger plus tailings from first cleaning) - Tailings regrinding, rougher bulk flotation - Foams regrinding (IsaMill, Verti Mill, SMD) - pH control - Cyclones and classification - Conditioners - Rougher flotation cells (Type of foams discharge gutters) - Cleaning cells (Column and Jameson) - Slurry level controller. - Big Cells. - Pneumatic Cells.
- Online chemical grades analyzer, setting strategy - Online particle size analyzer, setting strategy - Expert in primary and secondary grinding - Expert in classification with cyclone clusters (sensors) - Video cameras and flotation control - Reagents dosage strategy in automatic - Metallurgical research with experimental design - Optical and scanning microscopy for flotation - Statistics for data management in the flotation process control.
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The impeller rotational speed increases the consumed power.The solid volume fraction increases the consumed power.The mixing time is independent from the impeller rotational speed.The solid distribution within the flotation cell is not homogeneous.
The flotation is a widely used separation process. Its efficiency is evaluated essentially through the purification and mass recovery yields. Since this unit operation occurs in liquid medium in the presence of air, the involved interactions are highly influenced by the hydrodynamics flow parameters. Therefore, a rigorous hydrodynamic investigation is required to ensure an optimal performance , . In this work, the key hydrodynamic parameters that impact the flotation efficiency were investigated. For this purpose, we assimilated the flotation cell to a stirred tank, then we treated two separate cases of hydrodynamic flow using the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) approach. The first one is the single phase flow and the second is the multiphase flow where we took into consideration phosphate rock (solid particles) suspended in the liquid phase (water). To model and study this kind of complex hydrodynamic flows, we adopted the EulerianEulerian approach, which allowed us to investigate the principal hydrodynamics criteria that can afford optimal operating parameters. These parameters are: the dissipated power, the pumping flow, the number of power, the number of pumping, the mixing time and solid homogenization in the flotation cell fluid sheath. For these performance criteria, the CFD results are in good agreement with those published in experimental studies , .
Flotation separation of plastics was reviewed including principles, methods and challenges.The specific features of plastics flotation are presented compared to ores flotation.Four methods were classified in terms of plastics flotation.The problems that hinder the application of plastics flotation are put forward.
The sharp increase of plastic wastes results in great social and environmental pressures, and recycling, as an effective way currently available to reduce the negative impacts of plastic wastes, represents one of the most dynamic areas in the plastics industry today. Froth flotation is a promising method to solve the key problem of recycling process, namely separation of plastic mixtures. This review surveys recent literature on plastics flotation, focusing on specific features compared to ores flotation, strategies, methods and principles, flotation equipments, and current challenges. In terms of separation methods, plastics flotation is divided into gamma flotation, adsorption of reagents, surface modification and physical regulation.
Flotation is a complex multifaceted process that is widely used for the separation of finely ground minerals. The theory of froth flotation is complex and is not completely understood. This fact has been brought many monitoring challenges in a coal processing plant. To solve those challenges, it is important to understand the effect of different parameters on the fine particle separation, and control flotation performance for a particular system. This study is going to indicate the effect of various parameters (particle characteristics and hydrodynamic conditions) on coal flotation responses (flotation rate constant and recovery) by different modeling techniques. A comprehensive coal flotation database was prepared for the statistical and soft computing methods. Statistical factors were used for variable selections. Results were in a good agreement with recent theoretical flotation investigations. Computational models accurately can estimate flotation rate constant and coal recovery (correlation coefficient 0.85, and 0.99, respectively). According to the results, it can be concluded that the soft computing models can overcome the complexity of process and be used as an expert system to control, and optimize parameters of coal flotation process.
Global consumption of primary energy continues to grow. Especially coal demand has increased from 2013 hence China has started to import the heating coal. Coal is domestically the largest source of energy in America, and demands to generate electricity and to produce high grade coking coal have made the process of fine coal (500m) reasonable. These facts have emphasized on the development of technologies that can produce clean fine coal particles to reduce their environmental problems (Sun and Zimmerman 1950). To treat fine coal particles, the well-established technique is froth flotation. Flotation is a physicochemical separation method which is undoubtedly the most important and versatile mineral processing technique for the beneficiation of fine valuable particles (Wills 2006; Jena et al. 2008; Abkhoshk et al. 2010).
Coal flotation is the most efficient method to improve the quality of fine particles by reducing impurity contents (ash, mineral matter and sulfur resources) (Tao et al. 2002; Gupta et al. 2009; Barraza et al. 2013; Gui et al. 2014). Separation by flotation is a complex three-phase process (liquid, solid and air phases) with many sub-processes and interactions. Flotation of coal samples is controlled by many factors that divided into three parts: coal, chemistry and machine (Wills 2006; Huynh et al. 2011; Liang et al. 2015; Peng et al. 2015).
Generally, flotation is based on differences of the coal and impurities surface chemical characteristics. Coal is a heterogeneous material which composed of a variety of organic (different organic components (macerals) of coal may respond differently to flotation) and inorganic constituents (Lynch et al. 1981; Hower et al. 1984; Arnold and Aplan 1989; Hower et al. 2000). Therefore, surface properties and flotation response of coal samples are significantly varied, and it is important to understand how different factors affect and how to control coal flotation performance for a particular system (Huynh et al. 2011). It is well established that conducting a model for the process would be beneficial to fully understand mechanisms of various units (Woodbum et al. 1976; King 1978; Woodbum and Wallin 1984; Mathe et al. 2000; Abkhoshk et al. 2010). Main benefits of these models could be: the control and improvement of the flotation process. Development of an applicable flotation model also could lead to the generation of a simulator that can be used to optimize the process, train plant operators and engineers, help to the better understanding of the complex three-phase phenomenon, and scale up of laboratory test results (Sherrell 2004; Do 2010).
To provide an accurate flotation model, the effect of hydrodynamic parameters on the flotation response of coarse and fine minerals has been widely investigated and a few studies have modeled recovery in empirical ways (Shahbazi and Rezai 2009; Shahbazi et al. 2012; Shahbazi et al. 2013a, b). The main limitation of those models is their applicability over widely varying feed characteristics (Rra et al. 1989). Also several fundamental flotation models which have taken many parameters into account were designed, but these models did not widely apply in industrial flotation studies (due to their complexity and the variety of immeasurable parameters) (Amini 2012). The complication of flotation mechanism and interdependence of micro processes have been made evaluation and generation of quantitative and predictive model significantly difficult (Sherrell 2004; Do 2010; Amini 2012; Golshani et al. 2013; Karimi et al. 2014).
Recent reviews on modeling methods reported that the number of soft computing based engineering models is increasing (Dote and Ovaska 2001). Soft computing is a collection of methodologies including fuzzy system, neural networks, and genetic algorithm which developed to eliminate imprecision and uncertainty of a nonlinear complex system (Kayak and Zadeh 1998). One of the popular soft computing methods is the neuro-fuzzy technique that is a hybrid combination of artificial neural networks (ANN) and fuzzy inference system (FIS). Adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) is an example of a neuro-fuzzy technique. ANFIS introduces a neural network (NN) approach in fuzzy inference system design (Jang 1993; Jang and Sun 1995; Jang et al. 1997). ANFIS has been applied in many aspects of mineral processing to model complex relationships (For flotation, ANFIS is applied to the prediction of collision probability, recovery, gas holdup, diameter, and surface area flux of bubbles) (Jorjani et al. 2008, 2009; Chelgani et al. 2010, 2011a, b; Chelgani and Makaremi 2013; Shahbazi et al. 2013a, b).
In this study, to better understand the association of various parameters during coal flotation, the effect of particle characteristics and hydrodynamic conditions was investigated for a wide size fraction of coal particles. Statistical analyses have been used to explore inter-correlation and relationship among flotation parameters and responses to select the most effective variables for the modeling. This investigation also is going to present an accurate method for the prediction of flotation responses (recovery and flotation rate constant) based on the selected hydrodynamic parameters and particle properties by using ANFIS models. To our knowledge, this is the first time that ANFIS has been used to predict coal flotation responses using an inclusive database of the mentioned input variables.
An applicable computing model requires a comprehensive database to cover a wide variety of conditions. The model should be capable for predicting outputs with a high validity. Evaluation of effective variables in the process usually is accomplished by fitting batch data to first-order kinetic rate equations (Loveday and Raghubir 1995; Runge et al. 1997; Harris 1998; Agar et al. 1998). In this study, the data was produced by flotation tests that conducted in a mechanical laboratory cell (the length: 0.13 and height 0.12m, 1.5l). An impeller with 0.07m diameter was used for the pulp agitation. The impellers rotational speed were 900, 1000, 1100, and 1200rpm, and the air flow rate were varied from 120 to 180l/h. Coal samples were prepared from Abnil mine in Kerman, southeast of Iran (Table1). Samples were classified to eight size classes: 37, 53+37, 75+53, 106+75, 212+106, 300+212, 420+300 and 500+420m and were used for flotation experiments. 22.4ppm MIBC (methyl iso-butyl carbinol) as a frother was added to the mixture.
where, C t is the concentration of particle (mass per unit volume), R * is the infinite recovery (Do 2010; Shahbazi et al. 2013a, b; Soni 2013; Karimi et al. 2014), and k is a rate constant. Value k can be calculated by plotting the first order rate equation for a batch cell [Eq.(2)] versus t. Flotation rate constant (k) is strongly related to the S b (bubble surface area flux) (Gorain et al. 1997, 1998):
where d 32 is the sauter mean diameter of the bubble, is the floatability factor, J g is the superficial gas velocity and R f is the froth recovery factor. R f is defined as the ratio of the overall flotation rate constant and the collection zone rate constant (Gorain et al. 1998; Hernandez-Aguilar et al. 2005). The factor is affected by particle characteristics and hydrodynamic conditions during flotation (Shahbazi et al. 2012; Shahbazi et al. 2014).
Energy dissipation () and bubble Reynolds number (Re b) are effective hydrodynamic parameters on the k value (Nguyen 1998; Hu et al. 2003). The mean dissipation () in a stirrer can be calculated based on the following equation (Nguyen 1998)
where P is power input, and m is liquid mass. The energy flux equals to the dissipation. In other words, the power per unit mass of fluid is withdrawn from the basic flow and transformed into heat by the deceleration of the smallest vortices (Ralston et al. 1999). The particle Reynolds number is given by (Neethling and Cilliers 2003)
where u s is the rate of sliding motion for particles that is obtained by the particle settling rate. When Re p<1, a boundary layer with laminar flow is formed between the particle and fluid. When Re p>1, the flow condition becomes more turbulent. When Re p>10, the boundary layer breaks off. The flow lines near the coarse particle will curl up to form definite vortices. In the flotation tests, bubble Reynolds numbers Re b were varied from 130 to 307.
Turbulence plays a decisive part in the flotation process (it is responsible for collisions between particles and bubbles), and in the formation of aggregates (for the stability of the aggregates in the greater part of the machine volume) (Schubert 1977). The intensity and the structure of the micro turbulence depend only on the magnitude of energy flux and the viscosity of the fluid. The energy flux is equal to the dissipation. In other words, the power per unit mass of fluid is withdrawn from the basic flow, and transforms into heat by the deceleration of the smallest vortices (Ralston et al. 1999). The micro scale turbulence ( 0) is calculated by the following equation (Schulze 1984a, b):
where \(\nu\) is kinematic viscosity. To calculate bubble surface area flux (S b) (based on Eq.(4)), the bubble size (d b) distribution was measured in a device similar to the McGills bubble viewer (Girgin et al. 2006). It consisted of a sampling tube attached to a viewing chamber with a window inclined at 15o from vertical. The closed assembly was filled with water of a similar composition to the flotation cell (to limit errors in the bubble environment during the sampling). Then the tube was immersed in the desired location under the froth. Bubbles rose into the viewing chamber and were imaged by a digital camera. They slid up the inclined window which was illuminated from the behind. For this measurement, at first frother was added to the water and then the viewing chamber was filled with water of the cell to prevent bubble coalescence. Deviation between micro scale turbulence size and particle size ( 0dp) is effective on flotation response. Also, superficial gas velocity (J g ) was calculated using the air flow rate and the area cross section of the cell with consideration of the area occupied by the impeller shaft. The input power was inferred from the electrical measurements; measuring the entrance amperage and voltage to the electrical motor of the flotation equipment. To calculate the net power consumption, at first power consumption of the equipment was measured by wattmeter (in absent of pulp), then flotation cell was filled by pulp, and power consumption was measured again. Net power consumption was calculated by subtraction of these two measured powers.
When the S b value was constant, various size fractions were floated together in the same condition. In all experiments, the froth depth was shallow and the froth recovery factor (R f) was assumed to be 1. The air flow rate and the impeller speed were set and the float product was collected at interval times of: 1, 2, 3 and 5min. The recovery, R, was determined as a function of time (R *calculated via the relative weight concentrate to feed yield), and the k was calculated according to Eq.(2). Flotation results based on different conditions are presented in the database (supplementary database).
Fuzzy systems and neural networks are popular techniques (in recent decade, interest to these methods has been significantly increased. Both methodologies belong to the soft computing area and have simulated to be used for the human tolerance in completeness, uncertainty, imprecision and fuzziness in the decision making processes. Neural network and fuzzy logic are model-free estimators and share the common ability to deal with the uncertainties and noise (Yager and Zadeh 1994). Both of them encode the information in parallel and distribute architectures in a numerical framework. Hence, it is possible to convert fuzzy logic architecture to a neural network and vice versa. This fact makes it possible to combine the advantages of neural network and fuzzy logic. The ANFIS combines these two approaches (neural networks and fuzzy systems). Combining these two intelligent approaches lead to the increase in quality of modeling. In other words, both fuzzy reasoning and network calculation will be available simultaneously (Shoorehdeli et al. 2009). ANFIS is a method based on considered inputoutput data for a system. The main advantage of ANFIS is that it is one of the best tradeoffs between neural and FS which provides smoothness (due to the fuzzy control interpolation), and adaptability (due to the NN back propagation). Moreover, ANFIS has strong computational complexity restrictions (Atkinson 1989; Bastian 2000). Success in obtaining a reliable and robust ANFIS network heavily depends on the choice of involved process variables, the available data set, and the domain used for training purposes (Buragohain and Mahanta 2008). In this study, statistical analyses (SPSS software package) were applied in the comprehensive flotation database to choose the most effective variables on coal flotation responses (Recovery and rate constant), and for computational modeling ANFIS, MATLAB software package was used.
According to the flotation test results (Fig.1), recovery of coal particles increased with the increasing of S b (till S b reaches 27.43). After this point, flotation recovery is decreased. Results also indicated that for 0d p<300m, flotation recovery was minimum. The decreasing of recovery can be explained by the high efficiency of bubble-particle detachment. For 0d p~200m, a sharp increase in the recovery can be observed. In this condition, maximum recovery was obtained (100%) when S b was 20.19 1/s. For 0d p=0m, coal recovery was medium for all tests, and for 0d p~100m, a significant decrease in recovery can be due to low efficiency of bubble-particle collision. For maximum 0d p, a notable increase of recovery can be observed which can be due to entrainment of fine coal particles.
Based on the results (Fig.2) when 0d p=0m, flotation k was minimum. k increased by increasing | 0-d p|. Maximum real k (flotation without entrainment) was 2.91 1/min when S b was 19.08 1/s and 0d p was 223m. Other variables did not show a significant effect on flotation rate constant.
To find the most effective variables for the modeling, inter-correlation have been used to explore and make relationship among all variables and flotation responses. Inter-correlation is a term used to denote the correlation of a number of variables among themselves, as distinct from the correlations between them and an output or a dependent variable. The correlation between two variables reflects the degree to which the variables are related. The most common measure of correlation is the Pearson Product Moment Correlation (called Pearsons correlation for short r). r (inter-correlation) is a measure of linear association between two variables. r values range from 1 to +1. The sign of the correlation indicates the direction of the relationship, and its absolute value indicates the strength, with larger absolute values indicating stronger relationships. A negative value for the correlation implies a negative or inverse association, where a positive value means a positive association (SPSS 2004).
Results (Table2) indicate that there is approximately the same absolute r value between R with Re p, 0d p and d p (r: 0.58, 0.61 and 0.60, respectively). Also there is a strong correlation between Re p, 0d p and d p (r: 0.99) that was predictable based on Eq.(6) (Fig.3). The same routine can be observed for the k, therefore; d p was chosen as a representative parameter among particle character variables for the prediction of recovery and k. This evaluation is in a good agreement with recent investigations (Do 2010; Soni 2013) that concluded: the flotation kinetics and hence the recovery varies depending on particle sizes (Do 2010; Soni 2013; Yoon et al. 2012). The negative correlation (0.61) between R and d p could be due to the fact that there are difficulties in floating coarse particles above approximately 149m (100 mesh), and also ultra-fine particles approximately under 10m. The optimum flotation occurs at the particle sizes in the range of 20105m.
From the inter-correlation results (Table2), there is meaningful negative relationship among R and k with particle circularity C p (r ~0.40). Results indicated that increasing C p would lead to a decrease in recovery and k. This outcome can be explained by the latest findings that flotation responses (floatability, hydrophobicity, etc.) are driven by the impact of the collector on high energy surface sites (most probably the edges) of the overall particle surface (Guven et al. 2014). Therefore, by increasing C p, floatability and as a result recovery would be decreased. Based on this fact C p has been selected as another predictor variable.
Moreover, results (Table2) show significant correlations among , Re b and 0 (Fig.4). These relationships can be explained based on Eq.(6). Among these variables, that shows higher inter-correlation with flotation responses was selected although results show there is not a noteworthy r among with R and k. Recent investigation also reported that an increase in the energy dissipation rate () from 1 to 10kW/m3 resulted in a minor change in grade-recovery curves (Soni 2013). Positive linear correlation among S b with R and k based on flotation tests was also observed (Table2). According to the latest studies: a rise in the airflow rate increased the recovery at a given particle size (Soni 2013). Therefore, S b as a hydrodynamic variable was chosen for the modeling. Additionally, there is a meaningful positive relationship between R and k (r: 0.37) [which is in a good agreement with the general concept of Eq.(2)].
Various linear and non-linear regressions were used to study the potential relationship among selected particle characteristics (d p and C p) and hydrodynamic conditions (, and S b) with flotation responses (k and R). Using stepwise multivariable linear regression, the following multivariable equations were developed to describe the possible relationship:
In the stepwise variable selection, variables are sequentially entered into the model. The first variable considered for reflecting into the equation is the one with largest positive or negative correlation with the dependent variable. This variable is entered into the equation only if it satisfies the criterion for entry. The next variable, with the largest partial correlation, is considered as the second equation input. The procedure stops when there are no variables that meet the entry criterion (SPSS 2004). Various nonlinear multivariable regressions have been checked to improve correlation coefficient (R 2) versus linear models. Although nonlinear models indicated [Eqs.(10) and (11)] higher R 2 compared with linear equations [Eqs.(8) and (9)], the difference between actual and predicted value from these equations are not satisfactory for a predictive model (Fig.5).
The ANFIS procedures by the same regression inputs were applied to improve predictions of regression models (linear and non-linear). It has been widely established that to model complex relationships, when regression (linear or non-linear) cannot accurately correlate variables, soft computing methodology can effectively be used, as this technique is developed to exploit tolerance for imprecision, uncertainty, and partial truth. From the total database (64) used in the modeling by ANFIS, randomly 50 samples were selected for training phase and 14 data for testing phase. ANFIS in the training phase can be made more efficient by certain preprocessing steps. In this study, all the input and output data in the training phase were preprocessed by normalizing the inputs and targets so that their mean was zero and their standard deviation was 1:
where A p is the actual parameter, meanA ps is the mean of the actual parameters, stdA p is the standard deviation of the actual parameters, and N p is the normalized parameter, the input data (Demuth and Beale 2002). Table3 shows the parameters of the ANFIS models for the prediction of k and R based on the input set (d p , C p , S b, and ). After a successful training phase, in testing stage, the correlation coefficients (R 2) of k and R for predictions were 0.85, and 0.99, respectively. It can be observed that k and R prediction using the input set and ANFIS procedure is acceptable and satisfactory (Fig.5). According to these results, it can be concluded that the proposed ANFIS procedures yield significant predictions of coal flotation responses based on particle characteristics and hydrodynamic conditions, and these soft computing models can be used in the industrial control systems to monitor the froth flotation process of coal particles.
In the coal industry, flotation continues to be a challenge in many coal preparation plants as operators need to have a sound understanding of the flotation process in order to trouble-shoot and optimize the performance of the whole plant. Conducting a model for the coal flotation would be beneficial to fully understand operations of units, train operators and control the whole process. Due to the significant difficulty of integrating complex flotation sub-processes in a model, numerical method in fundamental models has many limitations (considering a long list of variables). This investigation presented a method for variable selection and based on that selection, presented considerable models for the prediction of coal flotation responses (flotation rate constant and recovery). A comprehensive database was prepared with 64 flotation tests under various conditions. Through the database, statistical analyses were performed to select effective variable and to better understand the relationship among particle characteristics (size, particle Reynolds number, micro scale turbulence for particles and circularity) and hydrodynamic conditions (bubble Reynolds number, micro scale turbulence for bubbles, energy dissipation, and bubble surface area flux) with the flotation rate constant and recovery of coal particles.
Based on the statistical analyses four variables have been chosen (size, circularity, energy dissipation, and bubble surface area flux) as inputs for the prediction coal flotation responses. Multivariable regressions were conducted to provide statistical models among inputs with the flotation rate constant and recovery (as outputs). The correlation coefficients of nonlinear models were 0.41 and 0.63 for the flotation rate constant and recovery, respectively (which were not satisfactory). Adaptive network based on fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) models was used to accurately correlate variables. In the ANFIS testing process, models predicted both recovery and flotation rate constant quite satisfactorily. The correlation coefficients between actual and predicted values in testing phase were 0.99 and 0.85 for recovery and flotation rate constant, respectively. From the results, it can be concluded that the method applied and its results can be further used as an expert system in froth flotation to optimize the process parameters and evaluate the parameter interactions for the expected recovery responses.
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It is well known that high rank coals are generally more hydrophobic than low rank coal or oxidised coal. Non-coking coal (sub-bituminous) of the Talcher coal field in India has very high ash content and is believed to have oxidised surface. This coal is very difficult to float even at higher concentration of collector due to its oxidised surface with reduced hydrophobicity. This investigation has been carried out to study the flotation characteristics of oxidised Indian high ash sub-bituminous coal having particle size below 1mm. Initially the flotation study was carried out using conventional reagents only in a Denver D-12 sub-aeration flotation cell. Then it was pre-treated with aliphatic alcohols i.e., ethanol and butanol to de-oxidise the coal surface. The attempt was also made using a non-conventional reagent known as black oil as promoter for this type of coal to enhance the floatability. The combinations of the above reagents were also studied to improve the flotation performance. Flotation study was also carried out at optimum reagent conditions to evaluate the flotation performance using flotation column. To characterize the flotation performance with respect to maceral's response, the petrography study was carried out on bulk, concentrate, +500m and 500m size fractions of tailings of the flotation. Based on the test data, it may be concluded that this coal has potential to give a product of around 31% ash content with 80.4% yield from 4142% ash content of feed coal. In case of column flotation, the product ash could be reduced further to 26.6% from the same feed coal with 66.5% yield.