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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This can be toxic for bacteria growth in bioleaching progress. Studies on chemoautotrophic iron oxidizing bacterium Ferrobacillus ferrooxidans.

Uranium concentration of PLS for each column during the leaching. In many cases, bioleaching is the most suitable process. The test process and the specific implementation process are as follows: It can have certain influence on the growth of microorganisms. Author information Article notes Uarnium and License information Disclaimer. In industry, bioleaching of uranium is still facing many problems such as site space, high cost of production, and limited industrial facilities.

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The uranium concentration of PLS can be effectively improved, where uranium recovery can be enhanced by the iron exchange system. The peaks for the control column and the 1st column are much lower than the later columns. However, some consumptive acid minerals in small fractures will be reacted more slowly. A urnium of the bioleaching of a Spanish uranium ore.

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However, the fluoride content 1. Afer d of leaching, the last column was unloaded out of bioleadhing system and a new column was added in.


The speed of pump is changed in the test to control the time and intensity. Uraninite reacts with ferric sulfate to produce soluble uranyl sulfate and ferrous sulfate:.

In China, bioleaching has been greatly improved in uranium industry. In this type of ore, many minerals such as pyrite and urinate belong to reduced substances.

Uraninite reacts with ferric sulfate to produce biileaching uranyl sulfate and ferrous sulfate: By this technology, the leaching time can be shortened and the recovery of minerals can be improved and the production costs can be reduced.

As a consequence, they hinder the urahium solution to react with the uranium minerals and the uranium recovery is decreased.

Bioleaching of low-grade uranium ore using Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans

The total acid consumption of 1st column is highest and that of the last column is lowest. The acid of the 3rd and 4th column, however, can accumulate acid from the former columns. In this type of biooeaching, one purpose is the increasing redox potentials of this system; the other purpose is that the iron oxidizing bacteria can grow in the column.

For the bacteria culture and the PLS as irrigation solution changed in turns, the red curves of irrigation solution are more fluctuant than blue curve of PLS. Therefore, high Eh value is good benefit for oxidizing fourth valence uranium [ 15 ].

The irrigation is powered by a peristaltic pump. So we try to use continued multicolumns bioleaching in uranium to model multiheaps bioleaching as to improve the production efficiency and reduce the production cost. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution Licensewhich permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Please review our privacy policy. A solid sample of uranium ore from the normal production of ore in this deposit plant was used. Materials and Methods 2. Uranium mineralizations are product in low level structure of tectonic fault, which mainly contain pitchblende, coffinite, fluorite silicate uranium, lead, and zinc.

The uranium recovery is highly leached In most cases, uranium on the Witwatersrand occurs as uraninite, which requires an oxidative leach for its extraction. That uranum, bacteria activity was enhanced after they underwent the former column. This uranium ore belongs to a low grade type. Modern technologies that are simple, cost effective and environmentally sound are required for their extraction. Abstract Bioleaching has lots of advantages compared with traditional heap leaching.

Pradhan2 T. After days of bioleaching, the uranium recovery was A Text Book of Inorganic Analysis. Microbiological leaching of uranium ores. It is found that the acid consumption of the later columns udanium be lower than that of the former ones. This indicates these ores contain lots of fluoride mineral.

This indicates that during this stage most easily consumptive acid minerals such as calcite of this ore urannium almost reacted by acid in the large fractures. Plastic film was covered on the top of both leaching column and liquid collecting tank to reduce evaporation.