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Flotation-nitric Acid Leach Procedure for Increasing Uranium Recovery from a Refractory Ore.
NTIS: PB 293 291 :14 pages
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.
IH; Report of Investigation;
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS: PB 293 291
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