Copper Flotation is a beneficiation method based on the hydrophobicity difference of the mineral surface. While the copper mineral is usually in the form of sulfuration exiting in the mineral. Its natural floatability is good, so froth flotation is the main method of extracting copper ore. According to the processing order of the useful mineral, the copper ore processing/mining can be divided into precedence flotation, equivalent flotation, mixed flotation, and partial flotation. The process choice of copper ore flotation is determined by the raw ore properties.
Meanwhile, there are many determining factors for the copper ore flotation process, like the mineral disseminated particle size, the associated relationship with quartz rock, and the gangue mineral types. Only by taking full consideration of the factors and using the proper process, can efficiently recycle the useful copper mineral from the raw ore.
The general copper flotation plant flowsheet is as below:
ORE MINING —-CRUSHING —-MILLING —- CHEMICALS MIX WITH SLURRY —-FROTH FLOTATION —-COLLECT CONCENTRATE —-THICKENING —-FILTER PRESS —-DRY ORE POWDER.