Metall. Res. Technol.
Volume 115, Number 3, 2018
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Published online||24 April 2018|
Recovery of magnetite from low grade banded magnetite quartzite (BMQ) ore
CSIR Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology,
2 Gimpex private limited, Chennai, India
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Accepted: 14 December 2017
There has been a steady increase of iron ore demand in the last few decades. This growing demand could be countered by use of low grade iron ore after beneficiation. Banded iron formations (BIF) are one of the resources of such low grade iron ores. Banded magnetite quartzite (BMQ) is one such BIF and a source of iron phase mineral in the form of magnetite. In the present study a low grade BMQ ore containing around 25.47% Fe was beneficiated for recovery of magnetite. XRD study shows that quartz, magnetite, hematite, and goethite are the major minerals phases present in the low grade BMQ sample. Unit operations such as crushing, scrubbing, grinding, and magnetic separations were used for recovering magnetite. Based on the large scale beneficiation studies the process flowsheet has been developed for enrichment of magnetite. It was found that with the help of developed process flowsheet it is possible to enrich Fe value up to 65.14% in the concentrate with a yield of 24.59%.
Key words: Iron ore / BMQ / magnetic separation / scrubbing / magnetite
© EDP Sciences, 2018
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