Recovery of Fume and Dust from Metallurgical Gases at Trail, B. C.

CIM Bulletin, 1959


Atmospheric pollution control has become increasingly important in recent years with laws and public opinion having required the reduction of contaminants from industrial gas effluents. Treatment methojs have advanced to make possible, with proper plant design and operation, a satisfactory removal of these contaminants. Gases from Cominco's metallurgical operations at Trail, approximating 900,000 c.f.m., are treated by baghouses, electrostatic precipitators, cyclones, or wet scrubbers. The tabulated data include gas and dust conditions, plant performance, and some details of plant equipment. Discussion emphasizes the special features, scope of application, and basic design principles of the treatment methods, all based on Cominco experience. Recovery of over 99 per cent of the fume and dust is achieved by the major installations from which effluent gases go to atmosphere. Cooling of gases for baghouse recovery and conditioning for electrostatic precipitation are mentioned. Co3ts are tabulated for some of the installations on the basis of a unit of 1,000 cubic feet of gas. Suggestions are made on the procedure for assessing a smoke treatment problem and for selection of suitable equipment.
Keywords: Cominco Cottrells, dew point, electrostatic precipitation, scrubber, sulphur, cyclones, Dust, Lead, Plants, Recovery, scrubber, Scrubbers, Temperature, Treatment