Converter Matte

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Converter Matte

 

an intermediate product (a nonferrous sulfide) in metallurgy, obtained during converter blowing of mattes. According to chemical composition, converter matte may be copper matte (Cu2S), nickel matte (Ni3S2), or cupronickel matte (Cu2S and Ni3S2). Copper matte is usually called white matte. Cupronickel matte is separated into copper sulfide and nickel sulfide concentrates by flotation before it is converted to metal.

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The topics discussed include smelting laterite concentrates to sulfide matte, extracting nickel and cobalt from sulfide ores, the slow cooling and solidification of converter matte, extracting cobalt from nickel laterite and sulfide ores, and smelting and converting sulfide concentrates containing platinum-group metals.
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