Application of Tube Digestion Technology to Non Ferrous Metals Industry

Author(s): B. Haneman, J. Gorst, W. Slabbert
Conference Of Metallurgists 2012 (COM2012). Presented October 2, 2012


The Bayer process involves the digestion of bauxite in caustic liquors at high temperature and pressure. Typically the digestion section of the plant involves the heating of liquors up to the digestion temperature followed by flashing of the digestion product to atmospheric pressure with the flashed steam used to pre-heat the incoming cold slurry. Despite the heat recovery, the digestion process is a high consumer of energy. The application of tube digestion technology in such plants has resulted in significant improvements in refinery energy efficiency with associated benefits of process simplification and refinery flow sheet capital cost reduction.