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n. pl. py·ro·met·al·lur·gies
An ore-refining process, such as smelting, dependent on the action of heat.

py′ro·met′al·lur′gi·cal (-mĕt′l-ûr′jĭ-kəl) adj.
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(ˌpaɪrəʊmɛˈtælədʒɪ; -ˈmɛtəˌlɜːdʒɪ)
(Metallurgy) the branch of metallurgy involving processes performed at high temperatures, including sintering, roasting, smelting, casting, refining, alloying, and heat treatment
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(ˌpaɪ rəˈmɛt lˌɜr dʒi)

the process or technique of refining ores with heat, as in roasting or smelting.
py`ro•met`al•lur′gi•cal, adj.
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By partnering with Metso, a world leader in pyrometallurgical processing, AVL is confident that the roasting process can be greatly improved.
The innovative technology, the first in the world of its kind, is based on pyrometallurgical methods and allows to process 4%-grade lead and zinc ores with recovery efficiency 80-95%.
These are the major concerns associated with pyrometallurgical processes [6].
However, relative to viscosity, the available data of electrical conductivity of [Fe.sub.x]O-bearing slags are far more enough, considering their widely applications in the pyrometallurgical processes.
Nowadays, more than 97% copper in the world is produced by pyrometallurgical smelting, and a large amount of smelting slag is produced at the same time.
In this connection different methods are developed: mineral beneficiation (mechanical, physical and physiochemical) and extractive metallurgy (Pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical), to process these powders with the aim of leaching the valuable metals [13, 14].
Only two facilities conducted pyrometallurgical processes to extract metals, while others sent the separated waste to downstream facilities for processing.
The plant uses an innovative pyrometallurgical process to extract the zinc contained in the dust.
Zinc sulphide and zinc carbonate are the main source of zinc production however it is partly produced from various complexes and wastes such as zinc ash, zinc dross, EAF dusts, scraps and slags by pyrometallurgical, hydrometallurgical or their combination processes [8][9].
About 80% of copper is produced by pyrometallurgical process.