Sandioss, an alternative reactive to NaCN for the Au leaching process by agitation for an oxide type mineral

Manlio Heras Romero, Nilton Quispe Ciudad, Juan Vega Gonzales

Abstract


The influence of the Sandioss reagent was studied as an alternative for the gold’s leaching by agitation of a mineral-type oxide. The evaluated variables were: the hydrogen potential (pH) with levels 7, 9 and 11, the concentration of Sandioss leach at 250 ppm, 500 ppm and 750 ppm, and the leaching time at 12, 24 and 48 hours. For each concentration of the leaching agent, a test was conducted in parallel with sodium cyanide at a pH = 11 to prevent the volatilization of cyanide. The solutions taken were analyzed by atomic absorption to determine the gold content in solution and tails were analyzed by fire assay. From the result of the leaching tests it can be concluded that for a better gold extraction with the Sandioss leaching, it is obtained at a concentration of 750 ppm of Sandioss, pH of 11 and time of 48 hours, obtained 79.15% extraction. Finally, the variance analysis at a level of 95% confidence shows that the variables studied significantly influence the extraction of gold and is presented as an alternative to the use of NaCN.


Keywords


leaching, hydrogen potential (pH), concentration, Sandioss

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.32829/sej.v2i1.46

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