Particle separation by horizontal deflection in paramagnetic fluid

S. Liu, M. Leaper, N. J. Miles

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    This paper describes the horizontal deflection behaviour of the streams of particles in paramagnetic fluids under a high-gradient superconducting magnetic field, which is the continued work on the exploration of particle magneto-Archimedes levitation. Based on the previous work on the horizontal deflection of a single particle, a glass box and collector had been designed to observe the movement of particle group in paramagnetic fluids. To get the exact separation efficiency, the method of "sink-float" involved the high density fluid polytungstate (dense medium separation) and MLA (Mineral Liberation Analyser) was performed. It was found that the particles were deflected and settled at certain positions on the container floor due to the combined forces of gravity and magneto-Archimedes forces as well as a lateral buoyancy (displacement) force. Mineral particles with different densities and susceptibilities could be deflected to different positions, thus producing groups of similar types of particles. The work described here, although in its infancy, could form the basis of new approach of separating particles based on a combination of susceptibility and density.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)26-38
    Number of pages13
    JournalPowder Technology
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014


    • Dense medium separation
    • Fine particle processing
    • Magnetic separation
    • Mineral processing

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Chemical Engineering


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