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Recovering Elemental Sulfur from Nonferrous Minerals: Ferric Chloride Leaching of Chalcopyrite Concentrate.
NTIS: PB 197 025 :20 pages
Because of increasing concern with air pollution, the Bureau of Mines has developed a hydrometallurgical procedure to obtain elemental sulfur from chalcopyrite (cufes2) by means of the following reaction: cufes2 + 3fecl3 -> cucl + 4fecl2 + 2s under optimum conditions, 99.6 percent of the copper and 71.6 percent of the iron were extracted in 2 hours from a typical mill concentrate containing 75 percent cufes2 and 15 percent pyrite (fes2). At the same time, 68.2 percent of the sulfur in the concentrate was oxidized to the elemental form. The leach was highly selective; gangue minerals, including pyrite, were not attacked, thus accounting for the relatively low recoveries of iron and sulfur.
IH; Report of Investigations
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NTIS: PB 197 025
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