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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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.

The bottoms are made with slats, and the baskets are painted all over with biturine solution. It will be used in the New York Assay Office upon the completion of the new building; and the refinery of the New Orleans Mint, where the amount of work is comparatively small, will then be the only government refinery using the sulphuric acid process. These cells produce pure copper, and collect a residue containing lead, some gold and silver, and all the metals of the platinum group that were in the bullion.

electrirefining These solutions and the nitric wash-waters from the centrifugal machine are passed over scrap-copper suspended in wooden tanks, which precipitates the silver and leaves the base nitrates in solution.

The English chemist Humphry Davy obtained sodium metal in elemental form for the first time in by the electrolysis of molten sodium hydroxide. The original installation in each case was the nitric acid process of refining.

This slime is transferred to the horizontal cells for re-treatment. Since hydrochloric acid fumes are. All the products of the silver process can be dried sufficiently in the centrifugals, so that they can be transferred to the crucibles and melted. Second, the process permits the saving of all the platinum metals without serious inconvenience.


The rotors of the centrifugals are of earthenware and provided with ducts for the escape of the liquids.

The same amount of current at the same voltage is used in both sets of cells. There are two main types of electrolytic processescalled electro-refining and electro-winning.

First, it is more expensive.


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. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2. The cells are lead-lined wooden boxes, 3 by 1. It is desirable that the anodes should not carry more than about 7 per cent, of silver.

A second product of this process consists of the slime that accumulates in the bottom of the cells.

The Electro-refining Process There are two main types of electrolytic processescalled electro-refining and electro-winning. The electrolytic process of gold-refining has three disadvantages as compared with the sulphuric acid process. The generators are driven by current obtained from a public power-line and furnish direct current of the required potential for the different operations.

To the copper bus-bars, which are bolted to the top of the porcelain strips between the cells, are screwed the ends of the conductors that extend across the cells. Both processes use electroplating on a large scale and are important techniques for the economical and straightforward purification of non-ferrous metals. The refinery takes the bullion purchased by the receiving department, and carrying more than parts of precious metals in 1, or, in mint parlance, over fine, and separates and refines the various metals contained therein, using electrolytic processes exclusively.


Electrorefining is a process that uses the principals of electrolysis to recover gold from an alloy typically found in jewelry. The refinery occupies three large and three small rooms.

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They are immersed for 8. These are electrorefinung modification, devised in the Philadelphia Mint, of the Ogld cells. Electrorefining of copper was first demonstrated experimentally by Maximilian, Duke of Leuchtenberg in It’s bigger and electrorevining this year – over 6, attendees for ! Emil Wohlwill, of Hamburg, Germany, and was the outcome of experiments to separate platinum from gold. When the anodes contain less than about 7 per cent, of silver, they can be treated in a single set of cells, and the gold-deposit on the cathodes will be considerably over fine.

The elimination of the last trace of silver from the gold removes the brittleness from the ingots used for coinage, so that they roll and press much better than alloys of the same fineness in gold, but made of slightly impure gold. The low-maintenance device design makes mineral collection and electrode cleaning easy.

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This page was last edited on 5 Septemberat During the operation, the electrolyte good and drops particles of metallic gold, which collect in the slimes. The sheets are then dried in the dry-room.

This precipitates the gold, which is allowed to settle by long standing.