Extractive Metallurgy of Copper


  • A.K. Biswas, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  • W.G. Davenport, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA

A completely revised and up-to-date edition containing comprehensive industrial data. The many significant changes which occurred during the 1980s and 1990s are chronicled. Modern high intensity smelting processes are presented in detail, specifically flash, Contop, Isasmelt, Noranda, Teniente and direct-to-blister smelting. Considerable attention is paid to the control of SO2 emissions and manufacture of H2SO4. Recent developments in electrorefining, particularly stainless steel cathode technology are examined. Leaching, solvent extraction and electrowinning are evaluated together with their impact upon optimizing mineral resource utilization. The volume targets the recycling of copper and copper alloy scrap as an increasingly important source of copper and copper alloys. Copper quality control is also discussed and the book incorporates an important section on extraction economics.

Each chapter is followed by a summary of concepts previously described and offers suggested further reading and references.

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For metallurgists, mining engineers, chemical engineers and chemists.


Book information

  • Published: October 1994
  • Imprint: PERGAMON
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-042124-7


...very clearly and logically written, with good illustrations and a large amount of useful information...an excellent acquisition for an academic library.
T. Z. Kattamis, Choice, May 1995

An ideal reference book for the plant manager...of use to industry analysts wishing to have at hand a readily-accesible explanation of the strengths and weaknesses of individual plants employing particular processes.
Metal Bulletin, July 1995
...a useful reference for the specialist
J.F. Kreider, A. Rabi, ASLIB Book Guide, April 1995

Table of Contents

Chapter headings: Synopsis. Production Statistics. Concentration of Copper Ores. Matte Smelting. Flash Smelting—Outokumpu Process. Flash Smelting—Inco Process. Reverberatory Furnace Matte Smelting. Electric Furnace Matte Smelting. Noranda and Teniente Processes. Emerging Matte Smelting Technologies—Isamelt, Vanyukov and Contop Processes. Converting of Cu Matte. Copper Loss in Slag. Direct-to-Blister Flash Smelting. Continuous Multi-Furnace Smelting—Mitsubishi Process. Capture and Fixation of Sulphur. Fire Refining and Casting of Anodes: Sulphur and Oxygen Removal. Electrolytic Refining of Copper. Hydrometallurgical Copper Extraction: Introduction and Leaching. Solvent Extraction Transfer of Copper from Leach Solution to Electrolyte. Electrowinning. Recycle of Copper and Copper Alloy Scrap. Melting, Casting and Quality. Costs of Extracting Copper. Appendices.

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