Aqueous Solutions, Slurries And Pulp

  • S. Ramachandra Rao


Water is the liquid phase used in all industrial mineral processing separations of solids whether by wet-gravity or wet-magnetic techniques, filtration, flotation, flocculation, or spherical agglomeration. The properties of water are, therefore, of great importance to all these processes. The processes exploiting the surface characteristics of solids are particularly affected by the extent of dissociation of water molecules and of other dissolved species, the adsorption of ions dissolved in water, their (ion) hydration, the structure of water in the bulk phase and that at the liquid/gas and liquid/solid interfaces, dielectric constant Variation, dynamic behavior on thinning of an aqueous film, etc. A treatise in five volumes, edited by Franks (1972-1975), provides the most comprehensive review on different aspects of the physical chemistry of water and of aqueous Solutions. A purely theoretical treatment of water structure and properties is given in the books of Eisenberg and Kauzmann (1969) and Ben-Naim (1974), while Kavanau (1964) and Hörne (1972) provide thorough coverages of both theories and properties of water and its Solutions. Samoilov (1957) deals also with the spectroscopic evidence on hydration of ions.


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  • S. Ramachandra Rao
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  1. 1.McGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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