Improved Cupric Ammonium Carbonate Leaching of Copper Scrap.
Staker-WL; Chindgren-CJ; Dean-KC
NTIS: PB 204 131 :9 pages
Alternatives were developed to the conventional ammoniacal carbonate leaching-steam stripping procedure for recovering copper as an oxide from contaminated scrap metal. By entraining air bubbles in the leach solution, the copper dissolution rate was increased to 1.5 G/in2 of copper surface per hour, compared to 0.5 G/in2/hr produced by conventional agitation in stirred tanks. Using entrained nitrogen gas bubbles for agitation in conjunction with powdered sulfur not only resulted in rapid dissolution but also simultaneous precipitation of the copper from solution as a high-grade cuprous sulfide.
IH; Report of Investigation;
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS: PB 204 131