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International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies
ISSN: 2028-9324     CODEN: IJIABO     OCLC Number: 828807274     ZDB-ID: 2703985-7
 
 
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Studies of Uranium Recovery from Tunisian Wet Process Phosphoric Acid


Volume 3, Issue 4, August 2013, Pages 1066–1071

 Studies of Uranium Recovery from Tunisian Wet Process Phosphoric Acid

Naima Khleifia1, Ahmed Hannachi2, and Noureddine Abbes3

1 Chemical-Process Engineering Department, National Engineering School of Gabes, University of Gabes, Gabes, Tunisia
2 Chemical-Process Engineering Department, National Engineering School of Gabes, University of Gabes, Gabes, Tunisia
3 Research Direction of Tunisian Chemical Group, Gabes, Tunisia

Original language: English

Received 1 June 2013

Copyright © 2013 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract


The growing worldwide energy demand associated with several inter related complex environmental as well as economical issues are driving the increase of the share of uranium in energy mix. Subsequently, over the last few years, the interest for uranium extraction and recovery from unconventional resources has gained considerable importance. Phosphate rock has been the most suitable alternative source for the uranium recovery because of its uranium content. Solvent extraction has been found to be a successful process for uranium separation from phosphoric acid. The synergistic solvent mixture of Di-2-EthylHexyl Phosphoric Acid (DEHPA) and TriOctyl Phosphine Oxid (TOPO) diluted in kerosene has been the favored because of its high efficiency and selectivity for uranium extraction. In the present work, uranium extraction from Tunisian Wet Process Phosphoric Acid (WPA) using DEHPA in combination with synergistic reagent TOPO is presented. An experimental study was conducted in order to optimize the operating parameters affecting uranium recovery from phosphoric acid. The effect of temperature, solvent ratio, acid concentration and extractants concentrations were considered. The experiments were performed at a laboratory scale with batch extractions. Overall extraction yields are reported in this work. High uranium extraction yields exceeding 95% were obtained in all extraction steps but one where the yield was 92%. The overall recovery yield was 81%.

Author Keywords: Uranium, Industrial phosphoric acid, Recovery, Solvent extraction, Yield.


How to Cite this Article


Naima Khleifia, Ahmed Hannachi, and Noureddine Abbes, “Studies of Uranium Recovery from Tunisian Wet Process Phosphoric Acid,” International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 1066–1071, August 2013.