Dissolution of lateritic nickel ore in acidic media

Arslan F., Özer Ö., Perek K. T., Gürkan V., Önal G.

23rd International Mineral Processing Congress, IMPC 2006, İstanbul, Turkey, 3 - 08 September 2006, pp.1500-1504 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.1500-1504
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The lateritic nickel ore sample subjected to this experimental study was taken from Çaldaǧ ore deposit (Turkey) and contains 1.43% Ni and 0.105% Co. Mineralogical investigations showed that the ore sample contains asbolane, chromite, limonite, hematite, goethite, lepidocrocite, magnetite, serpentine, and clay type minerals together with chalcedon, quartz, calcite, and chlorite. In the acidic leaching experiments, the effects of temperature, acid (H2SO4) concentration, and leaching time on nickel leaching recoveries were investigated. Leaching recovery versus time curves showed a parabolic trend and increasing the temperature shifted that curves to the higher values. The highest Ni and Co leaching efficiencies as 90.2% and 96.8% respectively were obtained at 80°C temperature, 200 g/L H2SO4 concentration, and 8 hours of leaching time.