Mining Chemicals
Coagulants
Our mining coagulants are designed for the treatment of fine particles in aqueous suspension. Polyether coagulants are one of the few solutions that are effective against the colloidal silica formed during acid leaching of slags or ores containing silicates. POLYSIL® RM 1250, POLYSIL® RM2050 and POLYSIL® RM 3560 coagulants are liquid products that offer an economic solution for the treatment of colloidal silica in a wide range of applications.


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The natural silica found in minerals has a low aqueous solubility. When these minerals are digested in strong acids at elevated temperatures, large amounts of silicic acid are released; this can polymerize in solution to form colloidal silica. 

Colloidal silica in a hydrometallurgy process can interfere with flocculation and crystallization, and initiate CRUD formation in solvent extraction. Polyether coagulants have a ‘lock and key’ relationship with the surface of colloidal silica formed by the polymerization of silicic acid.

Coagulating the colloidal silica with POLYSIL® coagulants can improve process efficiency and reduce reagent losses by minimizing CRUD formation.

Our Products

POLYSIL® RM 1250

Polyether coagulant effective against colloidal silica particles down to about 20 nm or 0.02 microns. Assists in more effective flocculation.

POLYSIL® RM 2050

Broad range coagulant that can be used to coagulate silica and other fine particles. For example it can give enhanced coagulation response when iron bearing minerals such as goethite are also present.

POLYSIL® RM 3560

Broad range coagulant that can improve the affinity for fine particle surfaces especially those that have a negative charge.

 

Download a copy of the POLYSIL® Coagulants brochure.

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