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Other Metals and Auxiliary Applications

Scale is a common problem in mining operations. Scale formation in pipelines, tanks, heat exchangers,pumps and sprayers results in reduced flows, increased energy costs, decreased heating or cooling efficiency and costly downtime for cleaning and scale removal.

Antiscalants and Descalants

While scale formation can often be greatly reduced (depending on the system chemistry) by the appropriate use of BASF Solutrix™ antiscalants, (Solutrix™ 11, 11(J) and 100) sooner or later there is nearly always a need to remove existing scale. Some scale minerals are amenable to acid cleaning and traditional strong mineral acids and weak organic acids have been used for this purpose for many years. Solutrix™ E is a product well suited to this application as it is a strong acid, dissociating completely for faster results than other organic acids, whilst being less corrosive and safer to handle than traditional mineral acids. Solutrix™ E has a primary area of application in the safe, efficient removal of scale from pipelines with minimal corrosion of the pipeline itself. There may also be additional areas of application such as descaling pumps, heat exchangers, tanks and mixers subject to appropriate safety procedures.

Additional Extraction Chemistry  
Cobalt  Cobalt extraction from chloride leach solutions using Alamine® 308
Vanadium Vanadium extraction using Alamine® 336
Platinum Platinum separation from PGMs using Alamine® 336 and Aliquat® 336 TG
Molybdenum Molybdenum extraction using Alamine® 304-1
Germanium Germanium solvent extraction using LIX® 63
Rhenium Rhenium solvent extraction using Aliquat® 336 TG or Alamine® reagents