Flotation of colored impurities from feldspar ores

Celik M., Pehlivanoglu B., Aslanbas A., Asmatulu R.

MINERALS & METALLURGICAL PROCESSING, vol.18, no.2, pp.101-105, 2001 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/bf03402879
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.101-105
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


The principal impurities in some feldspar ores are titanium and iron, which impart color and degrade the quality of the ore. Mineralogical investigations indicate that, while titanium originates mainly from rutile with small amounts of sphene, iron originates mainly from mica minerals. Fatty acids, particularly oleic acid, are extensively used, with reasonable success, in the flotation of colored minerals from feldspar ores. In this study, potassium oleate, oleoyl sarcosine and hydroxamate were used to float colored impurities both before and after magnetic separation. Oleoyl sarcosine is found to exhibit better results compared to other reagents. Magnetic separation followed by flotation is found to produce a feldspar concentrate of superior grade.