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Minerals 2018, 8(4), 129; https://doi.org/10.3390/min8040129

Promote Alumina Leaching through Re-Pelleting: Effects of Directional Coating of Calcite on Silicate Grains

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State Key Laboratory of High-Efficient Mining and Safety of Metal Mines (USTB), Ministry of Education, Beijing Key Laboratory of Resource-Oriented Treatment of Industrial Pollutants, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, China
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State Key Laboratory of Solid Waste Reuse for Building Materials, Beijing Building Materials Academy of Science Research, Beijing 100041, China
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Industrial Research Department, China Noferrous Metals Industry Association Recycling Metal Branch, Beijing 100037, China
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Received: 22 February 2018 / Revised: 20 March 2018 / Accepted: 21 March 2018 / Published: 23 March 2018
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The contents of Fe and SiO2 in ferric bauxite are much higher than that in regular bauxite, and the leaching yield of Al2O3 from ferric bauxite cannot reach the general level of ordinary ores, even under optimal conditions. This paper introduces a pretreatment method to enhance sintering before leaching. First, mixing followed by grinding was found to be more efficient than grinding followed by mixing as a pretreatment method by forming a directional coating structure of CaCO3 on the SiO2 surface. Second, leaching yields increased grinding fineness because CaCO3 grain uniformity could be improved with the latter method. Finally, the leaching yields were increased by pulp consistency under certain conditions, as evidenced by improvements in CaCO3 uniformity, bulk density, and Al2O3 grain size, which parameters were beneficial to enhance leaching. The leaching yield of Al2O3 was increased from 75.2% to 87.15% by using the proposed mixing–grinding method with the leaching agent of water. View Full-Text
Keywords: leaching; ferric bauxite; pelleting; high-iron bauxite; direct reduction leaching; ferric bauxite; pelleting; high-iron bauxite; direct reduction
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Hu, W.; Qiu, Q.; Wei, X.; Wei, H.; Zhao, Q.; Yang, F.; Liu, X. Promote Alumina Leaching through Re-Pelleting: Effects of Directional Coating of Calcite on Silicate Grains. Minerals 2018, 8, 129.

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