Murso Process for Producing Rutile Substitute
The present trends in the consumption of mineral rutile which is mainly used for the production of pigment by the chloride process, titanium sponge and welding electrodes show that the demand for the mineral will outstrip supplies very shortly. Australia which currently supplies more than 90% of the world’s rutile requirements will have considerable difficulties in stepping up substantially its present production of about 360,000 tons of rutile concentrates per year due to economic, environmental and technical problems until new deposits of the mineral are discovered and developed. The shortfall in supplies of high TiO2 feed material is expected to be of the order of 400,000 tons by 1975. This gap between demand and supply can only be filled by producing rutile grade (95+% TiO2) material by upgrading ilmenite, the supplies of which are plentiful.
KeywordsFerric Iron Leach Liquor Titanium Sponge Welding Electrode Chloride Process
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