Advances in technology for complex custom feed material treatment at Noranda

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 84, No. 948, 1991

M. Bedard, M. Chapados and G. Kachaniwsky, Noranda Minerals Inc., Home Division, Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec

The Noranda Continuous Smelting Process at the Home smelter was commissioned in March 1973. The ability of the process to handle a wide variety of feed materials and a steady stream of technical innovations in recent decades has served to maintain the Home as an efficient and versatile custom smelter. This paper reviews recent technological development and capabilities in areas such as sampling and preparation of secondary and complex materials, as well as the smelting and related environmental control issues. Future trends and improvements are also addressed.
Keywords: Pyrometallurgy, Materials handling, Home smelter, Technological development.