The Relationship Between Mineral Content and Flocculant Characteristics for Slurry Waste Water Recycling at Marble Processing Plants

Bayel D. K., Karaca Z., ÖNEN V., DELİORMANLI A. H.

MINE WATER AND THE ENVIRONMENT, vol.35, no.3, pp.332-336, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 35 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10230-015-0367-z
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.332-336
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


The requirements for clean water in marble processing are partially realized by treating and recycling slurry wastes from the cutting and processing plant. In this study, the flocculation of calcitic and dolomitic (21.2 % MgO) marble wastes was investigated using six flocculants with different molecular weights and anionic levels. Nine solutions between 0.1 and 2.5 mg/L were prepared, and marble waste samples were treated in natural, slightly acidic, and alkaline media. The anionic flocculants had a more dramatic effect on the slower-settling dolomitic marble than the calcitic marble. Calcite precipitation was better in an alkaline medium, while dolomitic marble precipitation was better at a slightly acidic pH of 6.