Gold in impregnated stripping solutions

On-line analysis of gold in impregnated stripping solutions during the electrowinning process is demonstrated.


Gold ore processors commonly utilize the cyanide leaching technique to recover trace gold content. After the gold is leached out of the ore, it is typically absorbed onto activated carbon in processes such as Carbon-in-Pulp (CIP), Carbon-in-Leach (CIL), or Carbon Column (CC). Once absorbed, the gold is stripped from the Carbon and the impregnated stripping solution fed into the electro winning process where the gold is recovered by electrolysis. By measuring the gold in the stripping solution real-time, operations can trend when the solution will be barren of gold significantly improving the plant’s efficiency. The Rigaku NEX OL offers a simple and low maintenance on-line analytical technique for trending such solutions. Results are communicated to your plant DCS (distributed control system) via 4-20 mA current loops or MODBUS over Ethernet connection allowing for real time closed loop control.

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