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Magnetic and Electrical Separation
Volume 3 (1992), Issue 3, Pages 171-184

Influence of Polar Surface Forces on Magnetic Flocculation of Fine Paramagnetic Minerals. I. Theory

Department of Mineral Processing and Environmental Protection, Technical University, Košice 043 84, Slovakia

Received 29 August 1991

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A new surface-thermodynamic conception of apolar and polar interfaeial interactions, operating between hydrophilic and/or hydrophobic mineral surfaces, was proposed for the van der Waals and polar (structural) surface force components. Using this model, the interaction energy functions calculated for two interacting paramagnetic model spheres showed that the polar forces play a dominant role in magnetic flocculation.