On the development of modern Russian thickeners

 On the development of modern Russian thickeners

V.I. Kibirev, A.V. Bauman, A.E. Nikitin

Mineral preparation and processing technology widely incorporates thickening and clarification processes. These processes are closely associated both with the problem of external and internal water cycle, and with the efficiency of production technology. Today, in Russia and CIS thousands of operating thickeners in various application areas need modernizing. It is necessary to commission over 20 new thickeners annually. In the current geopolitical situation the demand of mineral mining and processing industries for high-quality import-independent machinery and equipment has notably grown. To perform the task of modern Russian thickener supply, in an ideal scenario it is necessary to initiate the work on the elaboration of a comprehensive development program for this area. The article presents the analysis of the problem state-of-the art, and proposes measures aimed at the development of thickening and water cycle equipment by national designers and manufacturers.

Key words: thickening, water cycle, clarification, slurry, radial thickener, thin-layer thickener, thickener design.

Mining Industry Journal №5 (135) 2017, p.32