Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B

, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 74-79

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Development of an Inert Anode for Electrowinning in Calcium Chloride–Calcium Oxide Melts

  • Shuqiang JiaoAffiliated withDepartment of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge Email author 
  • , Derek J. FrayAffiliated withDepartment of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge

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Studies were performed investigating the anodic testing of calcium ruthenate for electrowinning in calcium chloride–calcium oxide melts. The results showed that calcium ruthenate may be suitable as an inert anode in calcium chloride containing melts as it exhibited a low rate of corrosion in melts containing a small amount of calcium oxide, capable of producing oxygen on its surface, and did not contaminate the melt. To reduce the amount of ruthenium in the anode, solid solutions of calcium ruthenate in calcium titanate were investigated. At low concentrations, the solid solution is a semiconductor with a relatively low conductivity at room temperature, but at the temperature of operation, 1173 K, the material is an excellent electronic conductor. The other way of reducing the amount of ruthenium is to coat the solid solution onto a substrate. In this way, the substrate would give the mechanical strength while the coating would give the electrical conductivity and corrosion protection. Calcium ruthenate-based anodes can endure long-term use in the laboratory under an applied electrical field with oxygen being liberated on the anode indicating that these materials are candidates for the electrowining in calcium chloride–calcium oxide melts.