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Supporting you towards greater sustainability

By offering tailored solutions to each stage of the minerals and metal ore processes, we can help the transition to more sustainable production. While using our products, energy and water consumption can be significantly reduced throughout the operations.

The break down of mineral particles is facilitated by the incorporation of grinding aids in the water. It allows to grind with less water while controlling the viscosity, the overall energy consumption is optimized.

Key benefits of chemical additives

Chemical additives play a crucial role in the ore and mineral processing industry, where their use is widespread and vital at every stage of the operations. These additives are carefully selected and applied to enhance various aspects of mineral processing, including wet grinding, dispersion and suspension to improve final uses such as ore beneficiation, handling, transportation or dewatering.
It is important to note that the selection and application of chemical additives in ore and mineral processing require careful consideration of factors such as ore type, mineralogy, process conditions, and environmental impact. Extensive research and development efforts are dedicated to developing new and improved additives that offer enhanced performance, lower environmental impact, and improved cost-effectiveness in particular the efficiency of dewatering processes and reduce water consumption.

Focus on dispersants

The use of dispersants is vital for achieving effective dispersion and stabilization of mineral slurries. These chemical additives are specifically designed to improve the flow and handling characteristics of mineral suspensions. The particles have a natural tendency to agglomerate, dispersing agents are employed to prevent or disrupt the agglomeration of particles, ensuring a stable and homogeneous suspension of mineral particles in water.

Particle size control

In grinding operations, dispersants are added to the mill to prevent particle agglomeration and ensure a more efficient breakdown of particles. This helps to reduce energy consumption and increases the final value of minerals.

It is worth noting that the selection and optimization of dispersants in mineral processing require careful consideration of factors such as particle size distribution, mineralogy, pH, and process conditions. Different dispersants may exhibit varying degrees of effectiveness depending on the specific mineral system and processing requirements. Therefore, extensive laboratory testing and pilot-scale trials are typically conducted to identify the most suitable dispersant and dosage for a particular ore or mineral. Therefore, our team is at your service to help you select the more suitable additive.

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Mineral and metal processing

Whether they need to optimize mineral recovery from natural deposits, enhance mineral purity, or improve metalworking performance, mining and metallurgy players need to meet their biggest challenges while reducing energy and water consumption. With our chemical solutions and expertise, Arkema helps generate more value at every stage of mineral processing. We also help metallurgic manufacturers improve formulations to achieve greater performance in terms of durability and safety. We market this expertise around the world.

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