Slag Chemistry of High-Alumina Iron Silicate Slags at 1300 degrees C in WEEE Smelting

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New fluxing chemistries are appearing in secondary copper smelters, where the use of raw materials from various waste electric and electronic equipment sources as significant copper feedstocks associate greatly increased fractions of alumina in the slag, compared with the conventional raw materials utilized in primary copper smelting processes. In extreme cases, alumina concentrations close to the saturation level may be reached, and the practical alumina loads to the slag may be above 10 wt% (Al2O3). This affects the physical properties of the molten slag and enhances stabilities of the solid primary phases, thus having an impact on its saturation boundaries and solubilities. We examined fundamental phase-equilibrium data of high-alumina slags by an equilibration-quenching method in equilibrium with metallic copper at 1300 degrees C, in the oxygen pressure range of P(O-2) = 10(-10)-10(-5) atm. We measured the chemical compositions of the molten slag and copper, and solid alumina-iron spinel directly by the Electron X-ray Microprobe technique and provide novel phase-equilibrium data for the poorly known intermediate oxygen pressure range from air to iron saturation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)772-781
JournalJournal of Sustainable Metallurgy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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