Journal of Mining Science

, Volume 53, Issue 4, pp 734–742 | Cite as

Physical Adsorption Validity in Flotation

  • S. A. Kondrat’ev
  • E. A. Burdakova
Mineral Dressing


The authors analyze collecting capacity of desorbable species of xanthates. Desorbable species of the reagent are understood as the species capable to transfer from a mineral particle to air bubble, i.e. to gas–liquid interface, at the moment of rupture of an interlayer between these interacting objects. Flotation process performance is evaluated at the presence of a mixed coating resulting from physical and chemical adsorption and in the presence of a chemisorption coating only. The rates of spreading products of interaction between butyl ethyl xanthates and lead nitrate over water surface are found. The spreading rates and collecting capacities of the mentioned reagents are correlated. It is found that an increase in the length of the hydrocarbon fragment increases collecting capacity of a reagent and the rate of spreading of its products on water surface.


Flotation xanthates physical and chemical adsorption collecting agent selection criterion surface pressure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chinakal Institute of Mining, Siberian BranchRussian Academy of SciencesNovosibirskRussia

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