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Research & Development in Material Science

Technological Research of Zinc Extraction from Elazığ Simitsonite Ore

Hasan Nizamoğlu1, M Deniz Turan1*, Z Abidin Sarı2 and Aslıhan Demiraslan1

1Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Fırat University, Turkey

2Department of Metallurgy Iskenderun Vocational School of Higher Education, Iskenderun Technical University, Turkey

*Corresponding author: M Deniz Turan, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Fırat University, Turkey

Submission: November 09, 2020;Published: November 20, 2020

DOI: 10.31031/RDMS.2020.14.000839

ISSN: 2576-8840
Volume 14 Issue 3

Abstract

In this study, the exraction of zinc from simitsonite (ZnCO3) ore was investigated. The effect of various leaching parameters on the zinc dissolution was studied. Investigating leach parameters are leaching temperature (298-338K), leaching time (5-360min), sulphuric acid concentration (0.1-4M), particle size (-16, -200 mesh), liquid-solid ratio (5-100ml/g) and constant stirring speed (600rpm). According to experimental results, zinc dissolution increased with increasing of leaching temperature and it was exractated zinc 92.83% optimum conditions of 318K of leaching temperature. Under these conditions, iron dissolution was kept in minimum amount. In the leaching process with sulfuric acid, it is observed that zinc is extracted with high efficiency, but the lead remains in the form of sulphate.

Optimum conditions were obtained as; H2SO4 concentration of 1M, leaching time of 30min, leaching temperature of 318K, particle size of -74µm, liquid-solid ratio of 10ml/g and stirring speed of 600rpm. In this study zinc and iron extraction were obtained as 92.83% and 5.31% respectively.

Introduction

Zinc is primarily produced from sulphidic ores; however, some zinc is produced from oxide-carbonate ores and different secondary resources such as zinc ash, zinc dross, flue dusts of electric arc furnace, leach residues, etc. Pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical routes or their combination can be employed for treating secondary materials. The hydrometallurgical processes are regarded as more eco-friendly for treating such materials having a low zinc content [1,2].

In the most common hydrometallurgical zinc process, ZnO-rich calcine is first produced from sulphide or oxide-carbonate concentrates and then leached with hot sulphuric acid solution. After liquid/solid separation, the pregnant solution is purified and electrowon for metallic zinc production. In some plants (e.g., Çinkur, Kayseri, Turkey), the zinc leach residue is stockpiled for future lead recovery [1,3].

Due to the extraction of zinc and formation of insoluble lead sulphate during sulphuric acid leaching, lead is concentrated in this residue. However, a significant part of zinc remains in the form of zinc ferrite (ZnO.Fe2O3) in the leach residue that accounts for the high zinc losses in such processes [1,4,5]. In this study, the recovery of zinc from simitsonite (ZnCO3) ore was investigated. In for this purpose, optimum conditions for zinc extraction were determined.

Material and Methods

Simitsonite ores, supplied from (Elazığ-Turkey), was used for leaching experiments. The simitsonite ore was classified by sieving through a 200 mesh (85% passed of total mass), and this fraction was used in experiments. Chemical analyses of the simitsonite ore were carried out by ICP OES in clear supernatant that was obtained by the microwave assisted dissolution technique. Results of the chemical analyses are shown in Table 1. Mineralogical analysis of simitsonite ore was performed using an ICP-OES.

Table 1: Chemical composition of simitsonite ore.


Results and Discussion

In this study, simitsonite ore was leached in presence of sulphuric acid solution for an economical research on zinc production. The studied leaching parameters are: H2SO4 concentration (0.1-4 M); particle size (-16, -200 mesh); liquid-solid ratio (5-100mL/g); leaching temperature (298-338K); leaching time (5-360min) and stirring speed (600rpm). As shown in Figure 1, zinc dissolution increases with increasing of H2SO4 concentration until 1M H2SO4 concentration. After this concentration, zinc extraction value reaches to plateau. The effect of particle size on the results was investigated (Figure 2). As seen in Figure 2, zinc dissolution increases with decreasing of particle size. The effect of liquid-solid ratio on the results was investigated (Figure 3). As seen in Figure 3, zinc dissolution increases with increasing of liquid-solid ratio it is seen.

Figure 1: Effect of sulphuric acid concentration (Liquid- solid ratio: 10mL/g; Stirring speed: 600rpm; Particle size: -200 mesh; Leaching time: 30min; Leaching temperature: 318K).


Figure 2: Effect of particle size (H2SO4 Concentration: 1M; Liquid- Solid Ratio: 10mL/g; Stirring Speed: 600rpm; Leaching Time: 30min; Leaching Temperature: 318K).


Figure 3: Effect of liquid- solid ratio (H2SO4 concentration: 1M; Stirring speed: 600rpm; Particle size:-200 mesh; Leaching time: 30min; Leaching temperature: 318K).


Figure 4: Effect of leaching temperature (H2SO4 concentration: 1M; Solid-liquid ratio: 1/10g/mL; Stirring speed: 600rpm; Particle size:-200 mesh; Leaching time: 30min).


Leaching temperature is an important parameter for metal extraction. In this study, sulphuric acid is significantly affected by temperature changing because of zinc dissolution rate increases with increasing of temperature. The effect of leaching temperature is given in Figure 4. Leaching experiments was carried out in range of temperature 298-338K. According to obtained results, it is clear that zinc dissolution increases with increasing temperature and it increases also increasing of leaching time.

The effect of leaching temperature on the results was investigated (Figure 4). As seen in Figure 4, zinc dissolution increases with increasing of leaching temperature. However, after 318K of leaching temperature, extraction value has remained stable. The effect of leaching time on the results was investigated (Figure 5). As seen in Figure 5, zinc dissolution increases with increasing of leaching temperature it is seen. But after 30 minute it has remained stable.

Figure 5: Effect of leachinig time (H2SO4 concentration: 1M; Solid-liquid ratio: 1/10g/mL; Stirring speed: 600rpm; Particle size:-200 mesh; Leachinig temperature: 318K).


Conclusion

Zinc extraction from Elazığ simitsonite ore was investigated in this study. The effect of five parameters (H2SO4 concentration, leaching time, leaching temperature, liquid-solid ratio, particle size) was investigated. Zinc dissolution increases with increasing of particle size, leaching temperature and leaching time. In the leaching process with sulfuric acid, it is observed that zinc is extracted with high efficiency, but the lead remains in leach residue as lead sulphate form.

Optimum conditions: H2SO4 concentration 1M, leaching time 30min, leaching temperature 318K, particle size -74μm, liquidsolid ratio 10mL/g and stirring speed 600rpm is obtained. In this study, zinc and iron extraction is obtained 92.83% and about 5.31%, respectively.

Disclosure

This study was presented at International Conference on Innovative Engineering Applications, CIEA’ 2018, Sivas, Turkey was held.

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