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Phosphorus and Phosphates

  • Brian K. Birky
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Abstract

Phosphate rock extraction from its ore, and its subsequent conversion into fertilizer materials and industrial chemicals, is a relatively mature art. While production of phosphoric acid from sedimentary phosphate rock via the “wet process” dominates the industry, the geology and mineralogy of source rock varies, and many processing choices are available. Changing global economics, social and environmental pressures affect modern market conditions. This chapter discusses phosphate mineralogy, deposits, mining, beneficiation, production, value, chemical processing technologies, products, by-products, and environmental factors.

Keywords

Phosphorus Phosphate Francolite Thermal process Improved Hard process Wet process Phosphoric acid Dihydrate Hemihydrate Diammonium phosphate Phosphogypsum Fluorine Cadmium Rare earth elements 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research InstituteFlorida Polytechnic UniversityBartowUSA

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