The flotation process, which is today so extensively used for the concentration of base metal sulphide ores and is finding increased use in many other fields. In 1932 flotation plants began to be installed for the treatment of gold and silver ores as a substitute for or in conjunction with cyanidation.
First, ore is ground into an extremely fine powder. The powdered ore is mixed with water to create a slurry, which is mixed with surfactants to increase the golds hydrophobicity. This mixture is placed into a large tank filled with distilled water. Air bubbles are pumped into the tank and the water is agitated.
Flotation concentrates are dewatered and finely ground for maximum exposure of gold and sent to the cyanide plant. The grinding is preferably done in cyanide solution. Standard practice is followed as shown; the slight difference usually being more intense agitation as supplied by Super Agitators with maximum aeration.
Flotation process maximizes the enrichment of gold into sulfide minerals. The tailings can be directly discharged. Process description In the flotation process of the major steps that must be done include the process destruction of rock minerals, milling, flotation, drying, and smelting. 1. Crushing and Grinding stage 2.
Gold flotation process. Flotation is a method that is widely used in gold ore processing plant to process the rock gold ,commonly used in dealing with highly floatable sulfide minerals containing gold ore. Flotation process can maximum enrich gold to the sulfide mineral , tailings can be abandoned directly , the cost of processing plant is low, 80% of China39;s rock gold are used in this method.