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Flotation-nitric Acid Leach Procedure for Increasing Uranium Recovery from a Refractory Ore.

Authors
Carnahan-TG; Lei-KPV
Source
NTIS: PB 293 291 :14 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
10007895
Abstract
The Bureau of Mines investigated a flotation-nitric acid leach procedure as part of the goal to maximize minerals and metals recovered from primary and secondary domestic resources. Studies were conducted on an ore that contained carbon-bearing and sulfide mineralization that rendered a portion of the ore refractory (resistant) to conventional leaching technology. The procedure investigated for treating the ore consisted of the following: (1) separation by flotation of the carbonaceous and sulfide components from the ore, (2) leaching the flotation concentrate with nitric acid at 100 deg to 110 deg c, (3) leaching the flotation tailings with sulfuric acid, and (4) processing the combined leached slurries in a conventional manner to recover yellow cake. In step 2, hno3 is converted to gaseous products from which it is regenerated by reacting these products with air and water for further leaching. An overall uranium extraction of 96 pct was achieved by this procedure.
Publication Date
19790101
Document Type
IH; Report of Investigation;
Fiscal Year
1979
NTIS Accession No.
PB-293291
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
RI 8331
NIOSH Division
RERC;
Source Name
NTIS: PB 293 291
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