Jameson Cell

The Jameson Cell technology is an efficient, low maintenance, high density flotation technology that gives better performance than traditional designs.

Invented in the late 1980s, Jameson Cell technology overcomes the design and operating inadequacies of column and conventional flotation cells.

The first commercial installation was completed in 1989 and over the first 20 years of commercialisation more than 300 Jameson Cells have been installed, treating a range of materials.

The technology has been continuously improved to ensure ease of use and to improve the integrity of the Cell. The latest designs combine the original advantages of small bubble size and a small physical footprint with lower maintenance and easier operation.

The advantages of the Jameson Cell include:

  • Consistent fine bubble generation without the need for external equipment
  • No need for mechanical agitation to achieve rapid floation
  • Small physical footprint
  • Maximum contentrate grade in a single floation stage
  • Fast response and easy control
  • Consistent performance irrespective of feed flow change4s
  • Simple installation and maintenance with no moving parts

The Jameson Cell can be used in any flotation application and has been successfully used in processing industries including:

  • Base and precious metals
  • Coal
  • Oil sands
  • Solvent extraction
  • Industrial minerals

The inventor of the Jameson Cell, Laurate Professor Graeme Jameson, is Director of the University of Newcastle's Centre for Multiphase Processes, a major Australian centre for research and research training in the science and technology of fine particles and bubbles.

Members of the Centre are heavily involved in collaboration with industry, using their multi-disciplinary expertise to tackle research programs of national and international importance, helping to solve industrial problems.

Professor Jameson is also the inventor of the Fluidised Bed Flotation Cell, a new process with the potential to recover coarse particles as large as 600 microns, reducing grinding energy by as much as half. The new process is ideal for the recovery of copper, gold, silver, nickel, lead and zinc.