Extractive Metallurgy of Copper

5th Edition

Print ISBN: 9780080974804
eBook ISBN: 9780080967905
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 26th July 2011
Page Count: 472
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This multi-author new edition revises and updates the classic reference by William G. Davenport et al (winner of, among other awards, the 2003 AIME Mineral Industry Educator of the Year Award "for inspiring students in the pursuit of clarity"), providing fully updated coverage of the copper production process, encompassing topics as diverse as environmental technology for wind and solar energy transmission, treatment of waste by-products, and recycling of electronic scrap for potential alternative technology implementation. The authors examine industrially grounded treatments of process fundamentals and the beneficiation of raw materials, smelting and converting, hydrometallurgical processes, and refining technology for a mine-to-market perspective - from primary and secondary raw materials extraction to shipping of rod or billet to customers. The modern coverage of the work includes bath smelting processes such as Ausmelt and Isasmelt, which have become state-of-the-art in sulfide concentrate smelting and converting.

Key Features

  • Drawing on extensive international industrial consultancies within working plants, this work describes in depth the complete copper production process, starting from both primary and secondary raw materials and ending with rod or billet being shipped to customers
  • The work focuses particularly on currently-used industrial processes used to turn raw materials into refined copper metal rather than ideas working ‘only on paper’
  • New areas of coverage include the environmentally appropriate uses of copper cables in power transmission for wind and solar energy sources; the recycling of electronic scrap as an important new feedstock to the copper industry, and state-of-the-art Ausmelt and Isasmelt bath smelting processes for sulfide concentrate smelting and converting


Graduate students within extractive metallurgy and metallurgical engineering. Working professionals, including metallurgists and mining, chemical, plant or environmental engineers and researchers within industry. Wind and Solar energy companies and researchers

Table of Contents


Preface to the Fourth Edition

Preface to the Third Edition

Preface to the Second Edition

Preface to the First Edition

Chapter 1. Overview

1.1. Introduction

1.2. Extracting Copper from Copper–Iron–Sulfide Ores

1.3. Hydrometallurgical Extraction of Copper

1.4. Melting and Casting Cathode Copper

1.5. Recycle of Copper and Copper-alloy Scrap (Chapters 18 and 19Chapter 18Chapter 19)

1.6. Summary

Chapter 2. Production and Use

2.1. Copper Minerals and Cut-off Grades

2.2. Location of Extraction Plants

2.3. Price of Copper

2.4. Summary

Chapter 3. Production of High Copper Concentrates – Introduction and Comminution

3.1. Concentration Flowsheet

3.2. The Comminution Process

3.3. Blasting

3.4. Crushing

3.5. Grinding

3.6. Recent Developments in Comminution

3.7. Summary

Chapter 4. Production of Cu Concentrate from Finely Ground Cu Ore

4.1. Froth Flotation

4.2. Flotation Chemicals (Nagaraj & Ravishankar, 2007; Woodcock, Sparrow, Bruckard, Johnson, & Dunne, 2007)

4.3. Specific Flotation Procedures for Cu Ores

4.4. Flotation Cells

4.5. Sensors, Operation, and Control

4.6. The Flotation Products

4.7. Other Flotation Separations

4.8. Summary

Chapter 5. Matte Smelting Fundamentals

5.1. Why Smelting?

5.2. Matte and Slag

5.3. Reactions During Matte Smelting

5.4. The Smelting Process: General Considerations

5.5. Smelting Products: Matte, Slag and Offgas

5.6. Summary

Chapter 6. Flash Smelting

6.1. Outotec Flash Furnace

6.2. Peripheral Equipment

6.3. Flash Furnace Operation

6.4. Control (Fig. 6.3)

6.5. Impurity Behavior

6.6. Outotec Flash Smelting Recent Developments and Futur


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"...very clearly and logically written, with good illustrations and a large amount of useful information...an excellent acquisition for an academic library." --Choice

"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

"...a useful reference for the specialist" --ASLIB Book Guide