Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Vol.260, No.2, 251-258, 2003
Effect of carboxymethyl cellulose and ionic strength on stability of mineral suspensions in potash ore flotation systems
The adsorption of sodium carboxymethyl cellulose from aqueous solutions varying in ionic strength from that of distilled water to 50% NaCl/KCl brine (about 3.5 mol/dm(3)) onto illite and dolomite has been studied. The purpose of this work was to investigate the solvency effects in the phenomena underlying the potash flotation process that is carried out in saturated brine. Based on viscosity measurements, the adsorption results were analyzed in terms of a simple model of polymer macromolecules in solution. Suspension stability measurements carried out concomitantly with adsorption tests showed the ranges of carboxymethyl cellulose concentration over which the tested suspensions either were aggregated or were restabilized. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.