Leaching of Oxide Copper Ores by Addition of Weak Acid from Copper Smelters
In this study, weak acid in the curing and leaching stages of copper ore was incorporated, and we analyzed its effect on the dissolution of copper and final impurities. The weak acid corresponds to a wastewater effluent from sulfuric acid plants produced in the gas treatment of copper smelting processes. This effluent is basically water with high acidity (pH-value low at 1), which contains several toxic elements and some valuable metals. The results indicated that there is no positive or negative effect on the incorporation of the weak acid in the curing stage, while the case of the leaching stage is favored. Toxicity characteristic leaching procedure (TCLP) and synthetic precipitation leaching procedure (SPLP) toxicity tests were performed on the solid leaching residues, determining that they accomplish the stability ranges of the impurities (Pb, Cd, Hg, Cr, Ba, Se, As, and Ag).
|Título según WOS:||Leaching of Oxide Copper Ores by Addition of Weak Acid from Copper Smelters|
|Título de la Revista:||Metals|
|Editorial:||MDPI Open Access Publishing|
|Fecha de publicación:||2020|