Journal of Central South University of Technology

, Volume 16, Issue 6, pp 936–941 | Cite as

Technological conditions and kinetics of leaching copper from complex copper oxide ore

  • Xi-liang Sun (孙锡良)Email author
  • Bai-zhen Chen (陈白珍)
  • Xi-yun Yang (杨喜云)
  • You-yuan Liu (刘有源)


The kinetic behavior of leaching copper from low grade copper oxide ore was investigated. The effects of leaching temperature, H2SO4 concentration, particle size of crude ore and agitation rate on the leaching efficiency of copper were also evaluated. And the kinetic equations of the leaching process were obtained. The results show that the leaching process can be described with a reaction model of shrinking core. The reaction can be divided into three stages. The first stage is the dissolution of free copper oxide and copper oxide wrapped by hematite-limonite ore. At this stage, the leaching efficiency is very fast (leaching efficiency is larger than 60%). The second stage is the leaching of diffluent copper oxides, whose apparent activation energy is 43.26 kJ/mol. During this process, the chemical reaction is the control step, and the reaction order of H2SO4 is 0.433 84. The third stage is the leaching of copper oxide wrapped by hematite-limonite and silicate ore with apparent activation energy of 16.08 kJ/mol, which belongs to the mixed control.

Key words

copper oxide ore H2SO4 leaching kinetics activation energy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xi-liang Sun (孙锡良)
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Bai-zhen Chen (陈白珍)
    • 2
  • Xi-yun Yang (杨喜云)
    • 2
  • You-yuan Liu (刘有源)
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Metallurgical Science and EngineeringCentral South UniversityChangshaChina
  2. 2.School of Physics Science and TechnologyCentral South UniversityChangshaChina

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