Also found in: Encyclopedia.


The treatment of metal or the separation of metal from ores and ore concentrates by liquid processes, such as leaching, extraction, and precipitation.

hy′dro·met′al·lur′gi·cal adj.
References in periodicals archive ?
As of today, the Navoi has in its structure hydrometallurgical plant, three mining companies, and eight situ leaching mines.
Stephen Mackie, manager, hydrometallurgical group at SGS, said : "The recent test work has simplified the overall flow sheet for the purification of the graphite concentrate.
What follows is a synopsis of the mineral processing and hydrometallurgical (hydromet) testwork carried out to date.
TSE:AVL) (NYSE MKT: AVL) ("Avalon" or the "Company") is pleased to report that metallurgical process optimization work on its Nechalacho Rare Earth Elements ("REE") Project, Thor Lake, NWT (the "Nechalacho Project") is yielding improved flotation and hydrometallurgical recoveries, which are expected to beneficially impact project economics.
Specific topics include the effect of crack opening on the distribution of magnetic flux density around fatigue cracks, a hydrometallurgical pre-treatment process for recovering valuable metals from lead anode slime, mine tailings reprocessing in Da-Hongshan, optimizing the operational performance of diesel mining trucks using thermal management, a new fast multi-pole boundary element method for solving three-dimensional elastic problems, and removing boron from metallurgical-grade silicon by refining the slag with the yttria-silica system.
Dr Hal Aral from the Minerals Down Under Flagship says the industry is facing 'desperate times' with the combination of water scarcity, declining ore grades, expanding hydrometallurgical operations and escalating production pressures.
Recent international work on research and development in phosphate beneficiation is gathered here, in sections on fundamentals, sustainability and the environment, reagents, process innovations, analysis and control, hydrometallurgical processing, and processing of refractory ores.
These results, prepared by SGS Lakefield, confirm the use of conventional flotation - concentration and hydrometallurgical processing using the Platsol(TM) Process as the preferred method of final recovery.
To reach such a goal, he added, a strategy is being devised to improve the mining and hydrometallurgical sectors within the conglomerate.
This money would also help fund the construction and operation of a 220km slurry pipeline for transporting fine ore from the mine, near Moramanga--80km east of the capital Antananarivo--to the east coast port of Taomasina, where a hydrometallurgical processing plant and refinery would be built (also part funded by the loan).
The proprietary hydrometallurgical extraction and recovery technology developed by Haber for e-scrap and gold ores requires that the established operating parameters for each type of material be confirmed under production conditions, according to the company.
The plant will experiment with the viability of a hydrometallurgical processing system.