Metallurgical Transactions B

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 555-564

First online:

Solution chemistry of tungsten leaching systems

  • K. Osseo-AsareAffiliated withDepartment of Materials Science and Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University

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The dependence of tungsten leaching and solution purification processes on solution composition is treated in terms of aqueous phase diagrams (such as Eh-pH, log Metal−pH, log Anion−pH) generated with the DIAGRAM computer program. The systems considered are W-H2O, Me-W-H2O, Me-W-CO3-H2O, Mo-H2O, Me-Mo-H2O (Me=Ca, Mn, Fe); S-H2O, W-S-H2O, and Mo-S-H2O. These diagrams are examined in the context of selective dissolution of tungsten from scheelite and wolframite.