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Hot shortness caused by sulfur

5 years 3 weeks ago #2548 by Mr Chris Tucker
What are the best ways to reduce the sulfur content in molten copper? At times we experience hot shortness in the cast bar (SCR system) from elevatied sulfur which ranges from 10-20 ppm.

Is there an effective way to reduce the sulfur content OR a way to minimize the deleterious effects?

Chris Tucker

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5 years 2 weeks ago #2549 by Juan Carlos del Rey Menéndez
Dear Mr.Chris:

I think that you bought Cathode obtained by ELECTROWINNING, you can know it because the cathode obtined by this method has few quantity of Ag (1-2 ppm) comparing with the ELECTROREFINING. In my experience, you will not have any problem if you work with cathodes with a content of sulfur below 5-6 ppm. Now your only solution is mixing the bad cathodes with other with less sulfur (dilute it).

I did homologations of the followings brands

Sulfur content:

1.- Las Cruces : 1-2 ppm
2.- BHP: S: 3 ppm
3.- Hindalco: 3-3.5 ppm
4.- CODELCO: 4.6 ppm

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Best Regards,

Juan Carlos del Rey Menéndez

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