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Solid-Liquid Separation in the Mining Industry

Fernando Concha
Published by Springer - 2014
446 pages

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This book covers virtually all of the engineering science and technological aspects of separating water from particulate solids in the mining industry. It begins with an introduction to the field of mineral processing and the importance of water in mineral concentrators. The consumption of water in the various stages of concentration is discussed, as is the necessity of recovering the majority of that water for recycling. The book presents the fundamentals under which processes of solid-liquid separation are studied, approaching mixtures of discrete finely divided solid particles in water as a basis for dealing with sedimentation in particulate systems. Suspensions, treated as continuous media, provide the basis of sedimentation, flows through porous media and filtration. The book also considers particle aggregations, and thickening is analyzed in depth. Lastly, two chapters cover the fundamentals and application of rheology and the transport of suspensions.

Solid-Liquid Separation in the Mining Industry is suitable for researchers and professionals in laboratories and plants, and can also serve as additional reading for graduate courses on solid liquid separation as well as for advanced undergraduate and graduate level students for courses of fluid mechanics, solid-liquid separation, thickening, filtration, and transport of suspensions in tubes and channels.


  • Introduction
  • Theory of Mixtures
  • Particulate Systems
  • Sedimentation of Particulate Systems
  • Kynch Theory of Sedimentation
  • Flow Though Rigid Porous Media
  • Particle Aggregation by Coagulation and Flocculation
  • Thickening
  • Filtration
  • Suspension Rheology
  • Transporting Concentrates and Tailings


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