Galvanic interactions of sulfide minerals in leaching of flotation concentrate from Lubin concentrator
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Wroclaw University of Technology
KGHM Polska Miedź S.A.
Tomasz Chmielewski   

Wroclaw University of Technology, Faculty of Chemistry, Wybrzeze Wyspiańskiego 27, 50-340 Wroclaw, Poland
Publication date: 2011-01-01
Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. 2011;46(1):21–34
Measurements of the rest potential of copper sulfide electrodes and pyrite, present in copper ores and concentrates from Lubin Concentrator, have been carried out. Moreover, measurements of sulfide-sulfide contact potential and galvanic current were also performed using deoxygenated sulphuric acid solutions as well as the solutions saturated with oxygen and containing Fe(III) ions. Significant galvanic interactions were observed for sulfide couples exhibiting high potential difference, particularly when copper sulfides were short-circuited with pyrite. According to mineralogical data for Lubin polymineral copper concentrate, chalcocite and bornite are dominating with chalcopyrite and covellite as minor copper minerals. Expected is advantageous affect of pyrite in promoting the kinetics of copper leaching from Lubin concentrate as a result of observed galvanic interactions between pyrite and copper sulfides.