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Development and Application of SKSSIM Simulation Software for the Oxygen Bottom Blown Copper Smelting Process

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School of Minerals Processing and Bioengineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083, China
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School of Metallurgy and Environment, Central South University, Changsha 410083, China
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School of Chemical Engineering, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4702, Australia
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Metals 2017, 7(10), 431; https://doi.org/10.3390/met7100431
Received: 16 September 2017 / Revised: 2 October 2017 / Accepted: 3 October 2017 / Published: 16 October 2017
The oxygen bottom blown copper smelting process (SKS process) is a newly developed intense smelting process, which has been widely applied to copper production in China. A multiphase equilibrium model for the SKS process was established based on its mechanism characteristics and the principle of Gibbs energy minimization, and an efficient simulation software—SKSSIM (SKS Simulation)—was developed based on the model. Industrial data from the SKS process were used to compare with the calculated data from the SKSSIM software. The calculated data on the compositions of slag and matte as well as the distribution ratios of minor elements (such as Pb, Zn, As, Sb and Bi) among the slags, mattes and off-gases were in good agreement with the actual plant data. Accordingly, the SKSSIM simulation software has the potentail to be used for the prediction of smelting production and for optimizing the operating parameters of the SKS process. View Full-Text
Keywords: oxygen bottom blown copper smelting process; SKS process; distribution behavior; SKSSIM oxygen bottom blown copper smelting process; SKS process; distribution behavior; SKSSIM
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Wang, Q.; Guo, X.; Tian, Q.; Jiang, T.; Chen, M.; Zhao, B. Development and Application of SKSSIM Simulation Software for the Oxygen Bottom Blown Copper Smelting Process. Metals 2017, 7, 431.

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