, Volume 42, Issue 9, pp 23–25 | Cite as

Processing precious metals in a top-blown rotary converter

  • John G. Whellock
  • Jan W. Matousek
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Copper-nickel/platinum-palladium flotation concentrates produced by the Stillwater Mining Company were smelted and refined in an integrated pilot plant consisting of a submerged-arc electric furnace and top-blown rotary converter. The conversion of high-iron electric furnace mattes was achieved with apparent oxygen efficiencies in excess of 100 percent. Platinum and palladium recoveries averaged 99 percent, and copper and nickel recoveries were 94 percent.


Electric Furnace Platinum Group Metal Oxygen Enrichment Matte Grade Converter Slag 
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© TMS 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • John G. Whellock
    • 1
  • Jan W. Matousek
    • 1
  1. 1.Tolltreck International, Ltd.USA

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