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Date of Award


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (MS)

College, School or Department Name

Department of Chemical Engineering

First Advisor

Surendra K Kawatra


Selective flocculation and dispersion processes rely on differences in the surface chemistry of fine mineral particles (<25 >ìm) to allow for the concentration of specific minerals from an ore body. The effectiveness of selective flocculation and dispersion processes for the concentration of hematite (Fe2O3) ore are strongly dependent on the ionic content of the process water. The goal of this research was to analyze the ionic content of an operating selective flocculation and dispersion type hematite ore concentrator and determine how carbon dioxide affects the filtration of the final product.

A detailed water chemistry analysis of the entire process was determined to show concentration profiles throughout the process. This information was used to explain process phenomena and promote future research into this subject. A subsequent laboratory study was conducted to show how carbon dioxide affects filtration rate and relate this effect to the zeta potential of the constituents of the concentrated hematite ore.