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Model for Quantitative Evaluation and Prediction of the Concentration of Phosphorus Removed during Pyro-Hydro Beneficiation of Haematite

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This paper presents a model derived for quantitative evaluation and prediction of the concentration of phosphorus removed during pyro-hydro beneficiation of iron oxide ore. Potassium hydroxide was used as the leaching solution and the reaction vessel containing the solution and ore was heated at a temperature of 600℃ for 10 minutes. The results of the investigation indicates that the model; P = (e0.7827) S predicts the concentration of phosphorus removed, based on the concentration of sulphur simultaneously removed. It was observed that the validity of the model is rooted in the expression lnP = lnN + lnS where both sides of the expression are approximately equal to 4. The maximum deviation of the model-predicted concentration of removed phosphorus from the corresponding concentration obtained from the experiment was less than 3%. The concentrations of phosphorus removed per unit mass-input of iron oxide ore as obtained from experiment and derived model are 0.8917 and 1.0354 mg/kg g-1 respectively. Similarly, the concentrations of phosphorus removed per unit concentration of removed sulphur as obtained from experiment and derived model are 1.8838 and 2.1874 mg/kg (mg/kg)-1 respectively. This implies that the concentration of phosphorus removed is approximately equal to the concentration of simultaneously removed sulphur during the beneficiation process.

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C. Nwoye, M. Menkiti, E. Obidiegwu and N. Nwankwo, "Model for Quantitative Evaluation and Prediction of the Concentration of Phosphorus Removed during Pyro-Hydro Beneficiation of Haematite," Journal of Minerals and Materials Characterization and Engineering, Vol. 10 No. 7, 2011, pp. 637-650. doi: 10.4236/jmmce.2011.107049.

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