Hunt and Douglas process

Hunt and Douglas process

[¦hənt ən ′dəg·ləs ‚prä·səs]
(metallurgy)
Smelting process involving the roasting of matte carrying copper, lead, gold, and silver to form copper sulfate and oxide (but not silver sulfate); this product is leached with sulfuric acid for copper; the resulting solution is treated with calcium chloride by passing sulfur dioxide through it; the cuprous chloride is then reduced to cuprous oxide by milk of lime, (regenerating calcium chloride), and the cuprous oxide is smelted.