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Modelling the process of kaolinite leaching from a copper mine flotation waste

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This paper presents the results of acidic leaching of kaolinite from the flotation waste of the RTB Bor copper mine, Serbia. The kaolinitic concentrate from the flotation waste contains 32% Al2O3. Kinetic investigations were conducted on the leaching of kaolinite roasted at 750°C for 60 min under air using H2SO4, HNO3 and HCl. Activation energies for the process were 74, 63 and 63.2 kJ mol−1 for sulphuric, nitric and hydrochloric acids, respectively. The kinetic function D3: [1 – (1 – α)1/3]2 = kt was chosen to describe the fractional conversion dependence on time and temperature. This enabled effective management of the leaching process to be carried out.
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Keywords: ACIDS; BOR COPPER MINE; H2SO4; HCL; HNO3; KAOLINITE; KINETICS; LEACHING; SERBIA

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2010-03-01

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