The dissolution kinetics of ulexite in sulphuric acid solutions


Tunc M., YAPICI S., KOCAKERIM M., YARTASI A.

CHEMICAL AND BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEERING QUARTERLY, vol.15, no.4, pp.175-180, 2001 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 15 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Journal Name: CHEMICAL AND BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEERING QUARTERLY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.175-180

Abstract

This technical note presents an investigation on the dissolution kinetics of ulexite, a boron mineral, in H2SO4 solutions as a function of particle diameter, mass concentration, stirring speed, acid concentration, and reaction temperature. It was determined that the dissolution rate increased with increasing reaction temperature and decreasing particle diameter, mass concentration and acid concentration, while no important effect of stirring speed was observed. Ulexite could be dissolved up to 100 percent in the sulphuric acid solutions. The following overall reaction was suggested for the process