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Furthermore, control tests were performed to demonstrate the effect of A. ferrooxidans in uranium bioleaching process and showed that the addition of this . PDF | This review describes the involvement of different microorganisms for the recovery of uranium from the ore. Mainly Acidithiobacillus forrooxidans. initial work on uranium bioleaching in the early s was taken to prevent oxidation rate of iron that may affect uranium’s microbial leaching.

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The uranium recovery of the 4th column is over 8. Uraninite reacts with ferric sulfate to produce soluble uranyl sulfate and ferrous sulfate:.

The uranium minerals will be wrapped up by them. Indexed in Science Citation Index Expanded. Bioleaching of uranium from low-grade black schists by Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans. Under these circumstances, the precipitation of both goethite and jarosite-type basic compounds urznium not occur in the next bioleaching stage and the bacterium will grow in or column as bacteria are adapted to this pH and the culture from the irrigating solution PLS of pH adjustment.

Materials and Methods 2. That is, bacteria activity was enhanced after they underwent the former column. Bioleaching of low-grade sphalerite using a column reactor. As a consequence, they hinder the irrigating solution to react with the uranium minerals and the uranim recovery is decreased. There is a big peak for jranium concentration for each column in the fifth day. In our continued multicolumns bioleaching experiment, the uranium recovery Recent uranim have evaluated process flowsheets that encompass conventional atmospheric leaching using chemical oxidants for these types of orebodies.

After bioleaching period, redox potentials of PLS are significantly higher than the correspondence leaching solutions.

During this experiment, both redox potentials of irrigating solution and PLS are measured in each day. Plastic film was covered on the top of both leaching column and liquid collecting tank to reduce evaporation. The test process and the specific implementation process are as follows: Afer d of leaching, the last column was unloaded out of this system and a new column was added in. Studies on chemoautotrophic iron oxidizing bacterium Ferrobacillus ferrooxidans.


Bioleaching of low-grade uranium ore using Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans

Thus, the recovery of 4th is greater than that of 3rd column, and that of 3rd is greater than 2nd column and so on. A technology that has not been considered thus far is the tank bioleaching of uranium concentrates.

In this type of ore, many minerals such as pyrite and urinate belong bioleachjng reduced substances. They enhance the ferrous oxidizing and produce ferric urnium to oxidize pyrite and uraninite as shown in the following equations [ 14 ]: The cost of production of uranium can be reduced and this benefits the environment too. A solid sample of uranium ore from the normal production of ore in this deposit plant was used. Uranium mineralizations are product in low level structure of tectonic fault, which mainly contain pitchblende, coffinite, fluorite silicate uranium, lead, and zinc.

By this technology, the leaching time can be shortened and the recovery of minerals can be improved and the production costs can be reduced. National Center for Biotechnology InformationU.

Uranium Bioleaching

Because the first column is the initial column in this type of system and the acid amount of PLS from the 1st column is small, the irrigating solution urnaium 2nd column needs to add more acid for pH adjustment using PLS from the 1st column. The total acid consumption of 1st column is highest and that of the last column is lowest. Microbial leaching of uranium and other trace elements from shale mine tailings at Ranstad. As a consequence, a ratio of 10 was adopted in these experiments.

It has been established that this ratio must be greater than 4 and not in excess of 20 in order to avoid any effects of the wall [ 910 ]. Iron oxidizing bacteria are a good worker who can do this job. The continued multicolumns bioleaching is seen to be very effective for leaching uranium. However, some consumptive acid minerals in small fractures will be reacted more slowly.


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In the leaching progress, they can be oxidized by ferric iron or O 2 of the solution [ 13 ]. In the next 20 days, acid consumption increases still fast but it is lower than that in the first bioleachhing days.

Uranium, Bioleaching, Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans. The bacterial strain that was used in the leaching experiments was isolated from the Jaduguda mine water sample.

With the variation of Eh of irrigating solution, the uranium concentration is varied too. In China, bioleaching has been greatly improved in uranium industry.

Uranium concentration of PLS for each column during the leaching.

This is because the later column utilized the PLS of the former column which contains ferric iron as stronger oxidizing agent. The sulfur weight is 0. An improved medium and harvesting procedure for securing high cell yields. This indicates that the bacteria grow well in these columns. In South Africa, uranium was produced as a by-product of gold production in the Witwatersrand Basin, but after the collapse of the uranium market in the s, the uranium plants were mothballed and the uranium was retained in tailings storage facilities.

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This is good for the iron exchange system to recover the uranium. In acidification stage, therefore, the acid concentration should be decreased as well. Moreover, the acid consumption of the 1st column and that of the 2nd column are very similar. Leaching in columns simulates percolation leaching because the conditions are very similar to those in the heap [ 5 ].