MEIís 3rd International Flotation Conference (Flotation 07) was sponsored by FLSmidth Dorr-Oliver Eimco, Outotec, JKMRC, JKTech, SNF Flomin, Axis House, Metso Minerals, Senmin Pty Ltd, Xstrata Process Support, Intellection and Anglo Platinum and featured 2 discrete symposia:
November 6-7: Flotation Fundamentals: Physics and Chemistry
Although now over a hundred years old, the fundamental aspects of flotation are still being intensively researched, and new machines developed. This two day symposium focused on:
- Fundamental reagent and flotation chemistry
- Bubbles, froths, bubble-particle interactions
- Flotation cell hydrodynamics, kinetics and scale-up
November 8-9: Flotation Applications and Plant Practice
This two day symposium focused on the application of flotation, and included sessions on:
- Plant Operations, particularly related to new technology, and process mineralogy problems
- Flotation Circuits, and their modelling, simulation, control and optimisation
- Flotation machine developments
- Metallic, non-metallic and coal flotation
- Environmental considerations
The conference was organized by Minerals Engineering International (MEI) in consultation with Dr. D. Bradshaw and Professor Jean-Paul ('J-P') Franzidis.
Dee Bradshaw has been involved in Flotation Research at the University of Cape Town and in particular the chemical aspects of flotation for more than 20 years.
She has been instrumental in starting the UCT Depressant Research Facility, (1999) and the Machine Vision research Programme (1998) and more recently has spearheaded an imitative into Process Mineralogy.
She has worked closely with industrial partners and has published widely, and especially in Minerals Engineering and has been a strong supported of MEI conferences.
Professor J-P Franzidis lectured in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Cape Town (UCT) between 1983 and 1996, since when he has been at the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) at the University of Queensland. Between 1996 and 2003 he ran the Centreís largest research project, the AMIRA P9 project, which is aimed at understanding and modelling the various processes occurring in mineral processing operations. He is currently Senior Manager, Academic Linkages and Training, at the JKMRC, responsible for creating and maintaining research partnerships with university and other groups working in similar areas of research. He continues to be involved in flotation research, in collaboration with the flotation research groups at UCT and McGill University in Montreal, Canada.