Installation of FeedAirJet Sparger Brings Better Metal Recovery
The CavTube works by inducing hydrodynamic cavitation in the feed slurry, which nucleates fine bubbles selectively on hydrophobic surfaces of the ore. The FeedAirJet turbo-charges the flotation process by starting particle collection before entering the flotation vessel. Results obtained by Capstone reportedly confirmed this. Cozamin’s plant manager, Rafael Regino, said “The recovery of copper and silver were consistently increased an average of 0.8% and 3%, respectively, when the FeedAirJet was added. Another impressive result was that recovery increased in all measured size classes.” He added that, based on these results, another FeedAirJet had been approved in April for a zinc column.
According to Eriez’s representative Oscar Lopez, “The FeedAirJet is a low risk, low capital way to improve flotation performance, and can be readily installed in existing plants. Five other plants in Mexico are evaluating this technology by installing the ‘Cavitador’ to increase recovery and reduce the re-circulating load in the flotation cleaner stages. We believe this technology should also improve the performance of forced air and aspirated mechanical cells.”