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Recovery of Uranium From Natural Mine Waters by Countercurrent Ion Exchange.


PB197022

Publication Date 1971
Personal Author Ross, J. R.; George, D. R.
Page Count 21
Abstract Recovery of uranium from slightly alkaline mine water, available in the Ambrosia Lake district of New Mexico, was studied using countercurrent ion exchange columns. Approximately 5 million gallons of mine water containing 9 to 12 ppm U3O8 was treated by ion exchange using a 14-inch-diameter absorption column composed of five or six compartments each 4 feet deep. Uranium recoveries averaged in excess of 98 percent at solution flows ranging from 15 to 25 gallons per square foot per minute and resin loadings up to 3.6 pounds of U3O8 per cubic foot. Compared with existing ion exchange practices for recovering uranium from mine waters in the Ambrosia Lake district of New Mexico, use of these improved ion exchange contactors would reduce ion exchange resin requirements at least 70 percent and allow further substantial reductions in capital and operating costs. (Author)
Keywords
  • Uranium
  • Ion exchanging
  • Mine waters
  • Uranium ores
  • Uranium oxides
  • Elution
  • Field tests
  • Adsorption
  • New Mexico
Source Agency
  • Invalid Source Agency Code
NTIS Subject Category
  • 48A - Mineral Industries
Corporate Authors Bureau of Mines, Washington, D. C.
Document Type Technical Report
Title Note Rept. of Investigations.
NTIS Issue Number 197106
Recovery of Uranium From Natural Mine Waters by Countercurrent Ion Exchange.
Recovery of Uranium From Natural Mine Waters by Countercurrent Ion Exchange.
PB197022

  • Uranium
  • Ion exchanging
  • Mine waters
  • Uranium ores
  • Uranium oxides
  • Elution
  • Field tests
  • Adsorption
  • New Mexico
  • Invalid Source Agency Code
  • 48A - Mineral Industries
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