Kinetic investigation of surfactants’ influence on pressure leaching of zinc sulfide concentrates

K.D. NaumovM.A. Tretyak


Pressure leaching is one of the most high-demanded and promising hydrometallurgical technology, which allows one to obtain high efficiency. Taking into account the shutdown of zinc plant in Vladikavkaz («Electrozinc, Lls.») searching the modern methods of zinc production is of current interest. In this work, the issue was observed on influence of temperature and sodium lignosulfonate (SL) onto the zinc and iron sulfides behavior during pressure leaching of zinc sulfide concentrate from the Uchalinsk deposit. Temperature increasing from 130 to 150oC led to decreasing of zinc extraction and sulfur-sulfide pellets formation; that indicated increasing the zinc sulfide wettability by the molten sulfur due to reduction of viscosity and surface tension of molten sulfur. Increasing the LSN dosage promoted running up of the absolute value of the zinc extraction. The highest growth of the zinc extraction (17.39 %) was obtained at 0.2 g/dm3 LSN. Further increasing of the LSN concentration on 0.2 g/dm3 (up to 0.4, 0.6, 0.8 g/dm3) led to double decrease of their effectiveness in reference to previous LSN concentration.

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