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What are the flotation processes of nickel sulfide ore?

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There are two main flotation processes for nickel sulfide ore:


Bulk flotation: In this process, the nickel sulfide minerals are floated together with copper and other sulfide minerals. The flotation reagents used are typically a combination of collectors, frothers, and modifiers. The bulk concentrate is then separated by differential flotation to produce separate nickel and copper concentrates.


Selective flotation: In this process, the nickel sulfide minerals are selectively floated from other sulfide minerals, such as pyrite and chalcopyrite. The flotation reagents used are specific to the nickel sulfide minerals and include collectors, frothers, and modifiers. The concentrate is then further processed to produce a high-grade nickel concentrate.


The choice between bulk and selective flotation depends on the nature of the ore and the desired final product. Bulk flotation is typically used when the ore contains high levels of nickel and copper, and the final product is a nickel-copper concentrate. Selective flotation is used when a high-grade nickel concentrate is desired, and the ore contains low levels of other sulfide minerals.


It is worth noting that the flotation process for nickel sulfide ore can be complex, and different approaches may be used depending on the specific characteristics of the ore. Additionally, other factors, such as particle size, pulp density, and pH, can also affect the flotation process and must be carefully controlled.



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