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Numerical Prediction of Cobalt Sorption in a Continuous Ion-exchange Column.
Metall Soc AIME 1987 :329-346
The Bureau of Mines investigated the feasibility of numerically modeling the sorption of cobalt, a vulnerable, strategic, and critical metal, from spent copper leach solutions in a multiple- compartment ion-exchange (mcix) column. Equilibrium resin loadings, cobalt-sorption kinetics, and resin-fluidization characteristics were determined in simple laboratory tests, and a numerical model was developed to predict cobalt extraction and the MCIX-column resin inventory based upon the test results. The model was implemented on a microcomputer to approximate the solution to the set of differential equations which govern model performance. Results compared very well to data from 12 pilot-scale MCIX-column experiments. The average difference between predicted and actual cobalt extractions was 3.2 pct, while the maximum difference was 9.3 pct. The actual and predicted resin inventories differed by an average of 5.8 pct, and the maximum difference was 12.0 pct.
Metall. Soc. AIME, 1987, PP. 329-346
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