Design Criteria for Uranium Ion Exchange in a Fluidized System.
Traut-DE; Nichols-IL; Seidel-DC
Trans Ann Mtg SME AIME NY Feb 1975 SME Preprint 75B1116 1975 Feb; 260:24-28
A fluidized countercurrent ion-exchange system was developed, operated and evaluated by the Bureau of Mines. The system consisted of integrated multiple-compartment absorption and elution columns in which the solution flows are continuous except for short periods when resin increments are withdrawn. The exchange of uranyl sulfate between a simulated acid leach uranium solution and a strong-base, ion-exchange resin together with the subsequent elution with an acidified sodium chloride solution was studied. The effects of the number of sections, section heights, amount of resin withdrawal, and solution flow rates were investigated. Also examined were the kinetic and equilibrium relationships for the absorption step. The experimental data indicate a strong interdependence between variables. Solution retention time appears to be a major limiting variable. The column was efficient over a range of conditions, but close control was needed for optimum operation.
Trans. Ann. Mtg., SME, AIME, New York, Feb. 1975, SME Preprint 75B1116, V. 260, March 1976, PP. 24-28