Potassium chloride recovery from mechanically activated microcline through the chlorination roasting and leaching route
 
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İnönü University, Mining Engineering Department, Malatya, Türkiye
 
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Munzur University, Rare Earth Elements Research and Application Center, Tunceli, Türkiye
 
 
Publication date: 2023-06-13
 
 
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Turan Uysal   

Munzur University, Rare Earth Elements Research and Application Center, Tunceli, Türkiye
 
 
Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. 2023;59(5):167500
 
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In this study, effects of mechanical activation in the chlorination roasting and water leaching route known as CaCl2 process and developed for the production of potassium chloride (KCl) from potassium feldspar ores were studied. A microcline containing K-feldspar ore with 10.89% K2O was first intensively dry milled by a planetary ball mill and mixed with calcium chloride (CaCl2) and then roasted at temperatures up to 1000 °C to obtain KCl that will be finally dissolved by the water leaching. Potassium recovery by water leaching increased rapidly up to 800 °C. At higher temperatures, the recovery decreased fast due to the evaporation of KCl. According to the K recovery values per unit energy consumed, the optimum roasting temperature was determined as 750 °C and the milling time was 15 min. It was concluded that intensive milling causes mechanical activation of the microcline to reduce the chlorination roasting temperature, which triggers a rise in the K recovery by the water leaching.
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