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Physical Separation in Science and Engineering
Volume 13, Issue 1, Pages 15-23

Eddy Current Separation of Fine Non-Ferrous Particles from Bulk Streams

1DICAMP – University of Trieste, Piazzale Europa No. 1, Trieste 34127, Italy
2Delft University of Technology, Mijnbouwstraat 120, Delft 2628 RX, The Netherlands

Received 13 March 2004; Revised 13 April 2004

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Recovery of fine non-ferrous metals from waste streams is a notoriously difficult problem in eddy current separation technology. Existing processes either have a low capacity or an incomplete recovery for particle sizes below 5 mm. In a new process, the particles are fed slightly wet to make them stick to the surface of the conveyor belt. The action of the magnet rotor makes the non-ferrous particles tumble, so that they break loose from the belt and end up in front of the rotor. The new process combines a relatively high capacity with an almost complete recovery, even for heavy and poorly conducting non-ferrous metals.