Respuesta metalúrgica de fracciones finas de minerales sulfurados de cobre en un proceso combinado de flotación modificada y biolixiviación agitada

Revista de Metalurgia 01/2007;
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ABSTRACT The metallurgical behavior of fine fractions of copper sulfide minerals of Compañía Minera Quebrada Blanca S.A. was studied by concentration through flotation in aqueous media modified by alcohol followed by bioleaching of the concentrates. By using a 1 % v/v of methanol, the metallurgical recovery of copper reaches 88 %, while the iron recovery was 43 %, the weight recovery was 18%, which indicates a high selectivity. These concentrates were then bioleached with and without nutrient medium, reaching 80 % of copper recovery after 10 and 17 days, respectively. Then, it is possible to conclude that this concentration-bioleaching metallurgical process is a promising route for copper recovery from the fine fraction of sulfide minerals.Se estudió la respuesta metalúrgica de la fracción fina, 100 % -100 # ASTM, de un mineral sulfurado de cobre de la Compañía Minera Quebrada Blanca S.A., sometido a una etapa de concentración mediante flotación en medio acuoso modificado (FEMAM®) con metanol y la posterior biolixiviación agitada de este concentrado. Al emplear un 1 % v/v de metanol se logran los mejores resultados: una recuperación metalúrgica de cobre y hierro de 88 y 43 %, respectivamente, y una recuperación en peso del 18 %. Lo cual indica una alta selectividad de este tipo de flotación para especies sulfuradas de cobre. El concentrado FEMAM® fue posteriormente sometido a una etapa de biolixiviación agitada en ausencia y presencia del medio nutriente 9 K, lográndose el 80 % de extracción de cobre a los 17 y 10 días, respectivamente. Esto permite concluir que una ruta de concentración-biolixiviación es una alternativa tecnológica apropiada para procesar la fracción fina de minerales sulfurados de cobre.

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