Electrowinning, also called electroextraction, is the electrodeposition of metals from their ores The most common electrowon metals are lead, copper, gold, silver, zinc, aluminium, chromium, cobalt, manganese, and the rare-earth and alkali. Electro-refining is the preferred method as an electrolytic process for gold and other precious metals. The electro-refining process uses a. The residue from the silver-cells, together with crude gold bullion, is treated in cells having a chloride electrolyte. These produce fine gold and.

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On passing a current of amperes at 25 volts through the cells, the anodes are electrorefinong, giving a solution of gold trichloride in the cells; but, owing to the porous cups, there is no gold deposited on the cathodes.

Pyrometallurgy: Roasting, Smelting, Refining & Electrowinning

Benefits Large volumes of mineral-bearing solutions can be processed by electrowinning for greater yields. The electrolyte is the same as that of the vertical silver-cells. High throughput, state-of-the-art electrowinning cells provide a low-cost option for silver producers, in particular, and leads to increased profits.

The endeavor is to make a mixture, such that the anodes will run about thousandths in silver, thousandths in gold, and the remaining thousandths in base-metals. The electrolytic refining process for gold uses hydrochloric acid as the electrolyte. Meet the Gekko team at Booth 51 right corner from the entry to learn mo… https: Specifically engineered to handle the large volumes of high-value solutions, the electrowinning cell is well suited to enhancing silver recovery operations.

The space between adjacent cells is covered with a porcelain strip about 1 by 3 in. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.

kf To the copper bus-bars, which are bolted to the top of the porcelain strips between the cells, are screwed the ends of the conductors that extend across the cells. For aluminium, this is the only production process employed. All the products of the silver process can be dried sufficiently in the centrifugals, so that they can be transferred to the crucibles and melted.


In the first set of cells, with anodes containing 10 golc cent, of silver, the slimes are about thousandths gold and thousandths silver, and in the second set, with anodes almost free from silver, electrorerining are thousandths gold and only 40 thousandths silver.

These are a modification, devised in the Philadelphia Elctrorefining, of the Moebius cells. The metals in this sludge can be removed by standard pyrorefining methods. This slime is transferred to the horizontal cells for re-treatment. At times, this precipitated silver has been dissolved in nitric acid to make silver nitrate for the electrolyte, but it is often impure, and a better electrolyte is obtained by dissolving pure silver; hence the practice is not common.

There are 19 of these across each cell, 10 supporting four cathodes each and 9 supporting four anodes each. First, it produces purer gold than the old processes.

Gradually a firmer deposit collects that will not knock off, and this has to be removed with a scraper, when it comes away in sheets and leaves the cathode entirely clean.

To prevent this, the bath is tested daily to determine its strength in gold, and if found to be low, is restored to the desired standard by the addition of strong solution. The refining-charges run from 1 cent an ounce on good silver-bullion, up to 8 cents an ounce on bullion carrying thousandths base. Posted in Further informations. Silver — Gold — Copper. A new set of cells, 18 in. By using the site, you accept the use of cookies from our part.

Electrowinning | Gekko

The Electro-refining Process There are two main types of electrolytic processescalled electro-refining and electro-winning. The electrolytic process of gold-refining has three disadvantages as compared with the sulphuric acid process. The Electrolyte is a trichloride solution, carrying in the first set of cells 70 g. Emil Wohlwill, of Hamburg, Germany, and was the outcome of experiments to separate platinum from gold.


The last two form chlorides and drop to the bottom of the cells as the anodes dissolve.


Electrolytic gold recovery begins with a bath of hydrochloric acid, which forms the electrolyte. The vertical glass rods, as well as the line-shaft, are carried by a wooden electrprefining above the cells, as shown in Fig.

The bus-bars are of copper and extend along the main wooden frame that covers the top of the entire bench of cells. Other metals, which during the processing of the target metal have been reduced but not deposited at the cathode, sink to the bottom of the electrolytic cell, where they form a substance referred to as anode sludge or anode slime. The gold, silver, and metals of the platinum group are insoluble in the sulphate electrolyte, and drop to the bottom of the cells as slimes when the anodes are dissolved.

The electrolyte is copper sulphate and contains 3 per cent, of copper as sulphate, and from 3 to 4 per cent, of free sulphuric acid. Come and visit the Gekko booth and discuss al things mineral processing! These tanks are shown against the wall in Fig. The current, about 50 amperes, passes through the three cells in series.

The wash-waters from the slimes and from the gold cathodes, together with the spent electrolyte from both sets of cells, are placed in earthenware vats, and a concentrated solution of ferrous sulphate is added to the liquid. The current being amperes, the current-density is 90 amperes per square foot of cathode-surface.