Chapter One


Chris Aldrich     Department of Mining Engineering and Metallurgical Engineering, Western Australian School of Mines, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, WA, Australia


This chapter gives a brief synopsis of hydrocyclones in theory and in practice, including basic design, characterization of performance, models, scale-up and design, as well as monitoring and control of the equipment. The effect of various operational variables, such as pressure drop, cone angle, cyclone diameter, vortex finder and spigot diameters, and solids concentration in the feed on the throughput, cut size, and sharpness of classification of hydrocyclones, is summarized. Both fundamental and empirical models are considered. Numerical solution ...

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