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Separations in Oil Sands Operations

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Optimized solids flocculation is critical to ensure efficient water recycle and tailings settling. By optimizing the solids flocculation one can speed water recover and increase the mature fine tailings (MFT) ratio.

Successful water recycle requires flocculation and the capture of fine particles into larger sized structures that improve tailing settling rates. Ideally this is achieved by optimizing expensive flocculent dosage. Tracking the particle size and population of fine particles and particle aggregates is critical to optimize thickener efficiency and enable fast and complete water recycle. Attempts to measure these delicate particle structures with offline techniques often lead to compromised results. Inline measurements are critical to optimize tailings settling and water recycle while quickly and efficiently reducing the quantity and costs of the flocculent dosage.

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METTLER TOLEDO has extensive industrial experience maximizing solid flocculation efficiency inline with ParticleTrack with FBRM Technology and PVM. 

  • FBRM with ParticleTechnology for in-process particle and flocculation measurement tracking the rate and degree of change in the number, dimension, and shape of particles and particle structures
  • PVM for real-time particle and droplet imaging and understanding



The Use of FBRM® in the Study of Flocculation Processes
Phil Fawell,CSIRO Division of Minerals


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