Separation Science and Technology, Vol.53, No.1, 136-145, 2018
Beneficiation of micro-fine magnetic minerals from reductive iron ore with ultrafine grinding-magnetic flocculation separation
Beneficiation of micro-fine magnetic minerals from reductive iron ore was investigated. Sample characteristics and main force analysis of magnetic floc were conducted. The results indicated that the iron phase in reductive iron ores was predominantly metallic iron (below 20 m). By applying ultrafine grinding-magnetic flocculation separation (MFS) to the raw ore (29.85% Fe), a concentrate assaying 74.12% Fe with 81.45% iron recovery was obtained. The iron recovery increased by 6.68% compared with the conventional magnetic separation (CMS). The high efficiency in beneficiation may be attributed to an increase in magnetic force on the micro-fine iron minerals in the form of flocs.