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Flotation machines are devices used to separate and concentrate ores by altering their surface properties. This process is based on the principle that different minerals have different surface properties and can be selectively attached to air bubbles, which are then carried to the surface of the flotation cell where they can be collected.

Flotation machines typically consist of a tank or cell in which the flotation process occurs. The tank is filled with water and ground ore particles. Flotation agents are then added to the mixture, which causes certain minerals to become hydrophobic (repelled by water) and others to become hydrophilic (attracted to water).

Air is then introduced into the mixture through a sparging system, which creates small bubbles that attach to the hydrophobic mineral particles and carry them to the surface of the flotation cell. The hydrophilic mineral particles remain in the water and are discharged at the bottom of the cell.

There are several types of flotation machines, including mechanical flotation machines, pneumatic flotation machines, and column flotation machines. Mechanical flotation machines are the most commonly used and rely on mechanical agitation to create the bubbles necessary for flotation. Pneumatic flotation machines use compressed air to create the bubbles, while column flotation machines use air sparging to create tall columns of bubbles for more efficient separation.

Flotation machines are used in a variety of industries, including mining, chemical processing, and wastewater treatment, among others.