The influence of the addition of pyrite and mechanical activation on an oxidative decomposition of chalcopyrite was studied. The course of the thermoanalytical curves and X-ray identification of the products showed that addition of pyrite affects mainly the endothermic processes taking place in region of low temperatures but does not significantly influence the temperature of CuSO4 formation and its content in the products of decomposition. Changes in fine and superfine structure of chalcopyrite brought about by mechanical activation at grinding cause the complex of exothermic oxidative reactions to proceed at temperatures as much as 180 deg lower than for a non activated sample. The endothermic effect of these oxidation reactions become more marked and the proportion of CuSO4 in the products of the oxidative decomposition increases significantly.
|Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry|
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