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Journal of Metallurgy
Volume 2009, Article ID 621824, 5 pages
Research Article

A Kinetic Comparison between Laboratory and Industrial Scales in the Copper Blowing Process

1Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Seville, C/ Prof. García Gozález no 1., 41012 Seville, Spain
2Analytical and Environment Department, Atlantic Cooper, S. A. Av. Francisco Montenegro, no 3., 21001 Huelva, Spain

Received 9 January 2009; Accepted 29 May 2009

Academic Editor: Seetharaman Sridhar

Copyright © 2009 A. Roselló et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


An experimental investigation into the oxidation kinetics of molten sulfide has been conducted at laboratory scale to provide information concerning the influence of the gas feed (flow and oxygen pressure) and melt temperature on the desulfurization rate. Data showed that the reaction rate was strongly dependent on the gas flow rate and significantly from oxygen pressure, whereas the influence of temperature was negligible. The variation of the sulfur conversion with the operation time was similar to that found in industrial trials when “white metal” was blown to blister copper in a Peirce-Smith converter. A unique equation for both scales could be established. This correlation made it possible to calculate the operation time in the converter at different gas flow rates and oxygen enrichments.