and/or abrasive content. Additionally, centrifugal pumps slow down and even stop as paste density increases towards the bottom of the underflow thickener. In contrast, hose pumps keep pumping at the same flow rate, irrespective of sludge density. Put simply, the performance of peristaltic hose pumps is not affected by the abrasive/aggressive nature of sludge and chemicals. As a further benefit, the use of hose pumps can reduce filter capacity by as much as 75%. With disc filters costing around US$100,000 each, the savings are substantial. Peristaltic hose pumps like those in the

Bredel range are virtually maintenance- free as there are no impellers, liners or mechanical seals to replace, no check valves to clog, and no rotors or stators to wear out. Te only wear part is the hose, which can be replaced in a matter of minutes without any requirement for special tools.


Mining applications offer a number of challenges for pumps

Among mines benefitting from Bredel hose pumps is the CMOC International mine in Ouvidor, Brazil, which is mining and processing niobium, an element found increasingly in the superalloys used to manufacture heat-resistant jet engine components. Paste at Ouvidor is made up of 44% niobium with water, sulphuric acid, isopropyl and a flocculant. Te solids content rises to 75% as the pulp becomes more concentrated at the bottom of the underflow thickener tank. Previously, the mine discovered that centrifugal pumps could not manage such a high concentration, and suffered badly

Peristaltic hose pumps can maximise uptime and improve safety at mines

due to abrasive wear and chemical attack. Instead, the Ouvidor mine today has several Bredel hose pumps, some of which have been providing reliable operation for nearly a decade. Bredel 100, 80, 65 and 50 units are all pumping niobium pulp in tank-transfer duties, running 18 to 24 hours per day. And there are many more examples.

For instance, at the Waterval plant of Sibanye Platinum in South Africa, six Bredel 100 hose pumps are being deployed to transfer concentrated platinum paste with specific gravities of between 1.4 and 1.7. Elsewhere, in a thickener underflow application at the Queiroz mine of AngloGold Ashanti in Brazil, hose pumps from WMFTG have replaced centrifugal models due to extremely high maintenance costs and high water consumption. Two units (four pumps) serve two tanks handling gold paste at 70% solids content with a viscosity of 2150 mPa.s. In summary, to help maximise uptime, and thus profitability, as well as reduce maintenance costs and boost site safety, increasing numbers of mine operators are today leveraging the benefits of peristaltic hose pumps. Te market costs of precious metals and minerals, in tandem with remote locations and challenging conditions, means that optimised pump selection has never been more important, not only for mines, but also for the environment. Te application of peristaltic hose pumps can help ensure the environment is better protected through safe and responsible transfer.

Bredel hose pumps offer reliable operation even in difficult conditions

Wilfried Staijen is with Watson Marlow Fluid Technology Group 37

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