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flotation process,

in mineral treatment and mining, process for concentrating the metal-bearing mineral in an oreore,
metal-bearing mineral mass that can be profitably mined. Nearly all rock deposits contain some metallic minerals, but in many cases the concentration of metal is too low to justify mining the ore.
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. Crude ore is ground to a fine powder and mixed with water, frothing reagents, and collecting reagents. When air is blown through the mixture, mineral particles cling to the bubbles, which rise to form a froth on the surface. The waste material (gangue) settles to the bottom. The froth is skimmed off, and the water and chemicals are distilled or otherwise removed, leaving a clean concentrate. The process, also called the froth-flotation process, is used for a number of minerals, especially silver.
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Generally, the smaller number of researchers was occupied by the researches in this domain in relation to the ones who studied physical and chemical deinking conditions or the hydrodynamic factors of the flotation process.
For instance, it is normal for there to be a period of 'grooming' ahead of the flotation process to enable the company to meet the more rigorous regulatory requirements of being a public company and so as to maximise its potential valuation on IPO eg selling non-core assets, reducing debt, strengthening accounting systems, tax planning, appointing non-executive directors and so on.
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NStar chief executive Andrew Mitchell said: "We hope to de-bunk any myths surrounding the flotation process and take a pragmatic look at why this may be a viable option for ambitious local businesses to consider when looking to raise equity.
The survey, by the LSE and law firm Eversheds, reveals an overall satisfaction in the flotation process, with 87 per cent of companies confident they had met their original objectives of raising funds and boosting credibility.
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1996 Dti SPUR Award for the development of a novel biological flotation process used in water treatment;
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