Processing of Tungsten Alloy Scrap for the Recovery of Tungsten Metal

Jana, R K and Kumar, Vinay and Saha, A K and Rao, K V and Pandey, B D and Premchand, (1996) Processing of Tungsten Alloy Scrap for the Recovery of Tungsten Metal. In: Proceedings of National Seminar on Environmental & Waste Management in Metallurgical Industries, Feb, 1996, NML, Jamshedpur.



Penetrators usedfordefence purposes are prepared by po wder metallurgical technique. The material contains 90% tungsten along with other minor constituents such as iron, nickel, cobalt, chromium, aluminium etc. During the manufacturing process, three forms of scraps are generated whichare, powder, turnings and defective solid. Since the major constituents of the scrap is the costly tungsten metal, attempts were made to recover the metal by four different methods which are described in this paper. Electro-leaching of turnings in a diaphragm cell using chloride electrolyte bath was tried to remove minor elements. The purity of tungsten achieved in thisprocess was 99.9%. In the soda roasting - leaching process of powderliurning scraps, sodium tungstate of 99.85% purity was obtained with 90% yield. Attempt was also made to remove the impurities by acid leaching. 99.8% pure tungsten with 99% yield was achieved by acid leaching. Fine gravity separation and high intensity magnetic separation techniques were also adopted to enhance the tungsten value from the powder scrap, which produced the concentrate containing 96.2% tungsten.

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Uncontrolled Keywords:Penetrators; Tungsten
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