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Bauxite beneficiation—a key process for refining alumina

2023-12-13 Xinhai (195)

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Bauxite, as an important source of industrial metals, is second only to steel in terms of production and consumption, making aluminum the second largest metal used by humans. However, aluminum in nature never exists in metallic form, but is contained in various aluminum-containing rocks. In order to extract this metal, we must go through a series of beneficiation processes.

1. Main components and objectives of bauxite

Bauxite is mainly composed of the aluminum minerals gibbsite (Al(OH)3), boehmite (γ-AlO(OH)) and diaspore (α-AlO(OH)), and is usually combined with iron oxides Goethite is mixed with hematite, the aluminum clay mineral kaolinite, and small amounts of anatase (TiO2) and/or ilmenite (FeTiO3).

2. Washing and Desiliconization of Bauxite

For gibbsite-type and diaspore-type bauxite with a large mud content and low grade, we usually go through a washing step to obtain the raw materials for producing alumina. Ore washing is the simplest and most effective process to improve the aluminum-silicon ratio of bauxite.

3. Application of flotation and magnetic separation

Bauxite deposits vary slightly from region to region. Most of the bauxite in my country is diaspore bauxite, which has the characteristics of high aluminum, high silicon and low iron. These silicon-containing minerals need to be pre-desiliconized to reduce the difficulty of subsequent alumina production. After desiliconization, we can use magnetic separation to separate the magnetic substances, such as siderite, pyrite, etc., to further improve the quality of alumina.

4. Balance between environmental protection and efficiency

In the bauxite beneficiation process, we also need to pay attention to the balance between environmental protection and production efficiency. For example, during the mineral washing and flotation processes, large amounts of wastewater and waste residue may be produced. These wastes need to be disposed of properly to avoid environmental pollution. At the same time, we also need to continuously optimize the mineral processing process, improve production efficiency, and reduce production costs.

In summary, the bauxite beneficiation process is a key step in extracting high-quality alumina. Through continuous optimization and innovation of mineral processing technology, Xinhai has improved the quality and production efficiency of alumina, solving worries for your mineral processing plant. If you have bauxite and need to refine alumina, please call us or consult online customer service.

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