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An attempt to minimize the cost of extracting lithium from boron clays through robust process design

Atil Buyukburc and Gulser Koksal
An attempt to minimize the cost of extracting lithium from boron clays through robust process design
Clays and Clay Minerals (June 2005) 53 (3): 301-309

Abstract

In this study a robust design method is developed for extracting Li from boron (B) clays with the aim of minimizing cost and maximizing productivity. Lithium is commercially extracted from brines and certain minerals. Its extraction from clays has previously been found to be expensive, a major part of the extraction cost being attributed to the raw materials used. In this study, raw materials from lower-cost resources are used without applying any standardization to them and this might increase variation in the results. To minimize the variation, and achieve high extraction levels, robust design, statistical design and analysis of experiments, and response surface methodologies are utilized. As a result, consistently higher extraction levels have been achieved compared to previous studies. The experiments were conducted using the Bigadic boron clay fields in Turkey. However, the method is generally applicable to other cases also.


ISSN: 0009-8604
EISSN: 1552-8367
Coden: CLCMAB
Serial Title: Clays and Clay Minerals
Serial Volume: 53
Serial Issue: 3
Title: An attempt to minimize the cost of extracting lithium from boron clays through robust process design
Affiliation: Eti Mine Works, Ankara, Turkey
Pages: 301-309
Published: 200506
Text Language: English
Publisher: Clay Minerals Society, Clarkson, NY, United States
References: 31
Accession Number: 2005-062395
Categories: Economic geology, economics of ore deposits
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 6 tables
Source Medium: WWW
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Secondary Affiliation: Middle East Technical University, TUR, Turkey
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, Copyright, Clay Minerals Society. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 200538
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