In-situ measurement of pH in high-temperature hydrometallurgical process solutions

V. G. Papangelakis, Z. Jankovic, Serguei Lvov

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The measurement of pH at high temperatures is often desirable for the control and monitoring of industrial processes. A typical example is pressure acid leaching (PAL) of laterite ores, which is conducted in autoclaves at a temperature around 250°C, to extract nickel and cobalt. In this paper, the implementation of a flow-through electrochemical cell with an yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) sensor for in-situ measurement of pH in PAL process solutions is discussed. Various laterite ore samples were leached at different H 2SO4 concentrations. The PAL solutions were filtered at temperature and then passed through the electrochemical cell. Overall, good agreement was found between the measured pH values and those theoretically predicted using the OLI Systems® software package calibrated independently based on solubility measurements. This fact suggests that the flow-through electrochemical cell can be satisfactorily used for hydrometallurgical process research and development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHydrometallurgy 2008
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Symposium
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Nov 26 2008
EventHydrometallurgy 2008: 6th International Symposium - Phoenix, AZ, United States
Duration: Aug 17 2008Aug 21 2008

Publication series

NameHydrometallurgy 2008: Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium


OtherHydrometallurgy 2008: 6th International Symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhoenix, AZ

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Metals and Alloys


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