AJAC  Vol.5 No.15 , November 2014
Recovering Scrap Anode Copper Using Reactive Electrodialysis
Abstract: Despite functioning without major operational problems—copper electro-refining does not allow complete use of copper anodes, peaking at 85% of the copper anode in weight. Consequently, the remaining 15% of scrap copper must be recirculated into the copper smelting. The use of reactive electrodyalysis is a system capable of continuously electro-refining scrap, by using a stainless steel basket and a cationic exchanging membrane in order to increase production of copper cathodes at the same percentage; it currently today returns to the copper smelter. In terms of specific energy consumption, this process would use between 3 and 4 times the value of normal electro-refining.
Cite this paper: Cifuentes, G. , Hernández, J. and Guajardo, N. (2014) Recovering Scrap Anode Copper Using Reactive Electrodialysis. American Journal of Analytical Chemistry, 5, 1020-1027. doi: 10.4236/ajac.2014.515108.

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