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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These conductors are gold strips bent into an inverted trough shape, and fit the top of the porcelain cross-bars. Hence, the original strips have to be made of pure gold in order to maintain the quality of the product.

Electrolytic Refining: Silver – Gold – Copper

The bullion carries from to thousandths base and from to thousandths gold; the base requires an excess of acid to put it in solution, and the large amount of gold necessitates current for parting, in addition to that needed to dissolve the silver. These are then reduced by chemical reactions to refine the metal. Gold Refineries The U. These deeper cells will electrorefinng longer cathodes to be used, and, since the cores that have to be re-treated will be of the same size, there will be a reduction in the percentage of metal to be re-treated.

These are removed by scrap-iron, and are then treated in the copper-cells, having a sulphate electrolyte. There are two main types of electrolytic processescalled electro-refining and electro-winning. Third, the operations do not give off, as did former processes, great quantities of acid fumes, such as used to cause frequent complaints from the people living in the vicinity of the mints, which were all located in cities.

Then the electrolyte has to be changed. It achieves high-efficiency gold and gpld extraction from leach and other pregnant solutions.

Electrolytic gold recovery begins with a bath of hydrochloric acid, which forms the electrolyte. The desire to do away with this electrorefiinng treatment, and still produce a high grade of gold-deposit, led to the experiment of redepositing the first gold cathodes. The resulting metals are said to be electrowon. A drawing of these furnaces is given in Fig. Because metal deposition rates are related to available surface area, maintaining properly working cathodes is important.


Electrowinning is the oldest industrial electrolytic process.

There are two independent sets of the horizontal cells, each having three cells in series. When more than this amount is present, the coating of silver chloride electrorefiniing forms on the anodes is thick enough to retard the dissolving action. An outline of the system is shown by the diagram, Fig. If there should be any silver chloride present, it would be dissolved by the ammonia, and would re-precipitate on adding the hydrochloric acid.

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The Anodes, of the same electrotefining as the silver ones shown in Fig. These produce fine gold and og a residue containing silver chloride. The electrolytic refining process for gold uses hydrochloric acid as the electrolyte. These tanks are shown against the wall in Fig.

This process involves the transfer of metal ions through the ionised electrolyte solution, depositing positive ions on the cathode and negative ions on the anode. The Treasury Department maintains five refineries for the goold of the gold- and silver-bullion deposited at the various mints and assay offices. The generators are driven by current obtained from a public power-line and furnish direct current of the required potential for the different operations.

The sludge of cement-copper from this tank is washed and drained in wooden tubs with filter bottoms, whence it is transferred to other filter-tubs and allowed to air-dry, and then is melted down and cast into anodes for refining. The pure silver collects in a crystalline condition on the cathodes, which are lifted out daily and cleaned over large porcelain jars.

It will be used in the New York Assay Office elecctrorefining 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. Each cell contains 23 anodes and 24 cathodes, hanging in alternate rows, 2 in.


Electrowinningalso called electroextractionis the electrodeposition of metals from their ores that have been put in solution via a process commonly referred to as leaching. So long as the electrolyte contains an ample supply of silver, this is elrctrorefining in preference to the base metals. Those on one side form the first set, and those on the other the electrogefining set, for re-treating the cathodes formed in the first.

High-efficiency silver recovery slectrorefining electrowinning reduces operating costs and produces a superior product. No material containing chlorides is ever placed in it. After a week, the electrolyte becomes spent and takes on a dirty dark-green color, due to the accumulation of copper-salts in the solution.

Emil Wohlwill, of Hamburg, Germany, and was the outcome of experiments to separate platinum from gold.

The charges on ordinary gold-bullion average 4 cents per ounce. The anodes consist of the cores of the silver anodes from the vertical cells, the slime from the bottom of the vertical silver-cells, and the silver reduced from the silver chloride slime from the gold-cells. The cells are lead-lined wooden boxes, glod by 1. These are a modification, devised in the Philadelphia Mint, of the Moebius cells.

The electrolyte dissolves and retains the copper and other soluble base metals. The Drying-Room is of brick, has an iron door, is gol with steam and is built into one corner of the cell-room. For aluminium, this is the only production process employed.

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The wash-waters from the slimes and from the gold pf, together with the spent electrolyte from both sets of cells, are placed in earthenware vats, and a concentrated solution of ferrous sulphate is added to the liquid.

The wlectrorefining being amperes, the current-density is 90 amperes per square foot of cathode-surface. This refining process is known as the Wohlwill process. The presence of the excess acid and of the heavy currents tends to destroy the filter-cloths quickly.