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Alternative Methods for Copper Recovery from Dump Leach Liquors.
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The Bureau of Mines conducted large-scale laboratory copper ore leaching tests to enable improving copper recovery from large dump- leaching operations. This was done by comparing leaching progress when copper was recovered from recycled leach liquor either by cementation or by solvent extraction. Copper was leached from 7-ton ore samples at room temperature using ph 2 ferric sulfate solutions. With ore samples containing 11 percent minus 0.5-Inch fines, no marked advantage in using either of the copper recovery methods was evident after 416 days of leaching. With ore containing 32 percent minus 0.5-Inch fines, solvent extraction of copper was advantageous in that 60 percent of the copper was extracted after 568 days, whereas only 48 percent of the copper was extracted when cementation was used. Less acid was consumed during leaching when solvent extraction, rather than cementation, was used for copper recovery. Iron, contributed by cementation with scrap iron, plugged the ore bed containing 32 percent fines.
IH; Report of Investigations