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Fluid dynamics based modelling of the Falcon concentrator for ultrafine particle beneficiation

Abstract

Enhanced gravity separators are widely used in minerals beneficiation, as their superior gravity field enables them to separate particles within narrow classes of density and size. This study aims to shed light on the Falcon concentrator’s ability to separate particles within size and density ranges lower than usual, say 5 to 60 μm and 1.2 to 3.0 s.g. respectively. As differential particle settling is expected to be the prevailing separation mechanism under such conditions, this study presents the workings of a predictive Falcon separation model that embeds phenomenological fluid and particle flow simulation inside the Falcon’s flowing film. Adding to the novelty of modelling the Falcon concentrator using a fluid mechanics approach, one point of practical significance within this work is the derivation of the Falcon’s partition function from fluid flow simulation results.

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hal-02086277 , version 1 (01-04-2019)

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Jean-Sébastien Kroll-Rabotin, Florent Bourgeois, Éric Climent. Fluid dynamics based modelling of the Falcon concentrator for ultrafine particle beneficiation. Minerals Engineering, 2010, 23 (4), pp.313-320. ⟨10.1016/j.mineng.2009.10.001⟩. ⟨hal-02086277⟩
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