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Smelting of Arseniferous Copper Concentrate in an Electric-arc Furnace.
Paulson-DL; Anable-WE; Hunter-WL; McClain-RS
NTIS: PB 255 350 :30 pages
The Bureau of Mines studied the feasibility of producing copper matte in an electric furnace from blends of copper concentrate similar to those currently smelted in a gas-fired reverberatory system at an installation in Tacoma, Washington. A 800-kva electric-arc furnace was used to determine the distribution of constituents when arseniferous concentrates are being smelted in an electric-arc furnace. Test results from smelting 40 tons of materials indicated that electric smelting is more like a conventional gas-fired system than originally expected. Although gas composition over the molten bath is much different in an electric furnace, the secondary constituents such as arsenic, lead, zinc, and antimony behaved the same as in a reverberatory furnace. The results established that an electric furnace would be compatible with sulfur and particulate recovery facilities that are being used. Work done in cooperation with Asarco Inc.
IH; Report of Investigation;
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS: PB 255 350
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