Electrowinning, also called electroextraction, is the electrodeposition of metals from their ores The most common electrowon metals are lead, copper, gold, silver, zinc, aluminium, chromium, cobalt, manganese, and the rare-earth and alkali. Electro-refining is the preferred method as an electrolytic process for gold and other precious metals. The electro-refining process uses a. The residue from the silver-cells, together with crude gold bullion, is treated in cells having a chloride electrolyte. These produce fine gold and.

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However, they are not reusable and must be sent off for recycling. Improve Strength of Steel Alloys. The Current, a direct one of 15 volts potential, passes through the 14 cells of each set in series, as shown in Golr. The gold anodes are made exclusively from the gold from the silver-cells, which assays about thousandths gold, from to thousandths silver, and a small amount of base metals. Electrolytic processes for gold gokd other precious metals refining usually provide the most cost-effective method of separating these metals from the slag, or gangue.

This precipitates the gold, which is allowed to settle by long standing. There are 40 cathodes per cell and each has a normal immersion of 8. Large Melting Furnace — City Waste. In some plants, the anodes are encased in cloth bags, and the black electrorefiming is caught before it can drop to the bottom, and is melted for gold anodes, without further treatment.

These cells produce pure copper, and collect a residue containing lead, some gold and silver, and all the metals of electrorfeining platinum group that were in the bullion. The sludge of cement-copper from this tank is washed and drained in wooden tubs with filter bottoms, whence it is transferred to other filter-tubs and allowed to air-dry, and then is melted down and cast into anodes for refining.


Electrorefining is a process that uses the principals of electrolysis to recover gold from an alloy typically found in jewelry. There are 19 of these across each cell, 10 supporting four cathodes each and 9 supporting four anodes each. Electrochemistry Gas cracker Standard electrode potential data page Electrology.

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The Cells are of brown earthenware and their dimensions are shown in Fig. The residue from the silver-cells, together with crude gold bullion, is treated in cells having a chloride electrolyte. The refinery occupies three large and three small rooms.

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The metal is deposited on the cathode either in solid or in liquid formwhile the anodic reaction is usually oxygen evolution. With the exception of this difference in the strength of the electrolyte, the operation in both sets of cells is identical.

Benefits Large volumes of mineral-bearing solutions can be processed by electrowinning for greater yields. The charges on ordinary gold-bullion average 4 cents per ounce. The gold, silver, and metals of the platinum group are insoluble in the sulphate electrolyte, and drop to the bottom of the cells as slimes when glod anodes are dissolved.

The arrangement of these parts is shown elwctrorefining Fig. During the operation, the electrolyte decomposes and drops particles electroreining metallic gold, which collect in the slimes. The amount of current is such as to give a density of 8.

There are three rows of anodes and four rows of cathodes in each cell. The current used is direct and has a density of 10 amperes per square foot of cathode-surface, and a potential of 3. In electrowinning, a current is passed from an inert anode through a liquid leach solution containing the metal so that the metal is extracted as it is deposited in an electroplating process onto the cathode. Two cathode electrorefiinng exist, flat-plate and reticulated cathodeseach with its own advantages.

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This decomposition of the electrolyte seems to be due to the displacement of its gold by the copper dissolved from the anodes. Chemical processes Electrolysis Metallurgical processes Separation processes. The efficiency of electrowinning is determined by several factors including the concentration and composition of the pregnant solution.

After a week, the electrolyte becomes spent and takes on a dirty dark-green color, due to the accumulation of copper-salts in the solution. The electrolyte is copper sulphate and contains 3 per cent, of copper as sulphate, and from 3 to 4 per cent, of free sulphuric acid.

Both processes use direct electrical current whereby pure metal is deposited at the cathode. Posted in Further informations. There are eight cathodes in each cell in parallel, each having an immersed area of 4 x 6 in. For economical refining; often a different refining process, known as the Miller Chlorination Process, is used to separate gold to a purity of about Alternatively, starter cathodes of pre-refined metal can be used, which become an integral part of the finished metal ready for rolling or further processing.

Experience has shown that they are too shallow for advantageous work. Gradually a firmer deposit collects that will not knock off, and this has to be removed with a scraper, when it comes away in sheets and leaves the cathode entirely clean.

They are 2 by 4 ft. At first, the wet slime is a gelatinous mass characteristic of silver chloride, but as the reaction progresses it becomes more and more gritty. This gives a current- density of