Recovery of Certain Non-ferrous Metals from Industrial by Products

Vasudevarao, P V and Vijayavalli, R and Udupa, H V K (1968) Recovery of Certain Non-ferrous Metals from Industrial by Products. In: Symposium on Non-ferrous Metals Technology : Papers for presentation, 4th - 7th Dec.1968, National Metallurgical Laboratory (CSIR), Jamshedpur.



The primary resources of certain non-ferrous metals that are of great industrial value, such as copper, zinc and lead are lean in our country and the entire demand for the same cannot be met fully but for the import. Quite a good percentage of the total consumption is available as a good percentage of the total consumption is avail-able as byproduct oxides and hydroxides. Any attempt to recover the metals from such byproducts will be great value especially with respect to saving foreign exchange. In this communication, the methods for the recovery of copper, zinc and lead from byproducts are reviewed. Well known thermal and electrolytic processes are briefly discussed and two processes that have been developed for the recovery, by the authors are discussed in detail. The first method involves direct electrolytic reduction of the byproduct oxide or hydroxide to the respective metal powder when the same is kept as a sediment on a metal cathode immersed in an alkaline medium. The character-istics of the metal powder obtaine depends on those of the starting material.In the other method, known as susp-ension electrolysis, the finely powdered byproduct is suspended in a suitable medium and the suspension is then electrolysed. The metal can be recovered either in the form of powder or sheet by varying the conditions of electrolysis. The above mentioned methods as applied to the recovery of copper, zinc, lead and silver are discussed.

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Uncontrolled Keywords:Non-ferrous metals; copper; zinc; hydroxides
Divisions:Metal Extraction and Forming
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