lntegrated Water Cyclone Plants for Coal Preparation

CIM Bulletin, 1968

J. VISMAN, Head, Western Regional Laboratories, Mines Branch, Dept. of Energy, Mines and Resources, Edmonton, Alberta.

Cyclone separators of different design are being used in increasing numbers in the coal industry of today. One recent addition, the Compound Water Cyclone, is finding application in the North American and Australian coal fiel.ds for the beneficiation of coking coals and for the reduction of sulphur and ash in steam coals. In this paper, the combination of specific-gravity separation, thickening, classification and water recovery are discussed. Ali of these operations can now be accomplished by means of cyclones that are effectively combined in circuits of compact design. In the layout of such integrated plants, three main sections are distinguished, nam ely: a Main Section for cleaning the plus-28-mesh fractions; an Effluent-Beneficiation Section for treating the minus-28-mesh fractions; and a Water-Recovery Section, where the wash water is reconditioned, and the fine solids are removed in a semi-solid state as slugs or pellets. Depending on the nature of the coal and the specifications of the purchaser, water-cyclone circuits can be flexibly combined with HM Cyclones and froth flotation, as well as with ancillary equipment for dewatering and drying.
Keywords: Ash, CLEAN COAL, Effluent-Beneficiation Section, froth flotation, hydrocyclones, Coal, Compound water cyclone, cyclones, Plants, separator, Slimes, Water, Waters