A new microcolumn flotation cell for determining the wettability and floatability of minerals

Ozkan A., Yekeler M.

JOURNAL OF COLLOID AND INTERFACE SCIENCE, vol.261, no.2, pp.476-480, 2003 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 261 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/s0021-9797(03)00130-9
  • Page Numbers: pp.476-480


Flotation is one of the most important physicochemical processes for mineral separations and other recovery operations. Flotation machines have been developed since the beginning of the 19th century and are still under intensive research and development. The cell we devised is a combination of the Canadian column flotation cell and the Partridge-Smith cell. The materials used for the construction of the new cell are cheap and use available laboratory accessories and aquarium materials. The cell functions well in terms of its scale, control, and sample requirement. It can be used both in the laboratory for research and in classrooms for demonstrations of experiments. Some of the data obtained by the flotation method using this cell are in good agreement with data measured independently on the same minerals by the contact angles method. The critical values of surface tension of wetting (gamma(c)) for talc, sulfur, and chemically treated surfaces of calcite and barite obtained by the contact angle measurements were 31, 26, 30.5, and 31.2 mN/m, respectively. On the other hand, the ye values of those minerals. obtained using our new designed Rotation cell, were 30, 28, 31.4, and 34.5 mN/m, respectively. The measurements obtained in our experiment are also comparable to those previously published for the same minerals. (C), 2003 Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.