Slurry viscosity modification effects on classifying cyclone performance

R. Q. Honaker, A. Das, F. Boaten

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Efforts to reduce the amount of ultrafine bypass in classifying cyclones by decreasing water recovery increased the particle size cut point and negatively affected classification efficiency due to the impact on slurry rheology. The addition of a viscosity modifier to the feed stream of a classifying cyclone improved the classification performance and decreased the particle size cut point over a range of feed solids concentrations. The detailed test program investigated the use of the modifier in conjunction with varying apex diameters to identify conditions that minimize ultrafine bypass. With small apex sizes, roping conditions were readily eliminated by the addition of viscosity modifiers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-348
Number of pages8
JournalCanadian Metallurgical Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Metals and Alloys
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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