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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Metallurgy Introduction

Metallurgy is the branch of materials science concerned with the extraction and utilization of metals. The concept in metallurgy is how to get the metal we want from its ore. There are general procedures in metallurgy to extract a metal from its ore:

Those procedures above are simpler procedure. Now let's see a more difficult procedure:


The Downs Cell (Producing Sodium and Chlorine Gas)

NaCl is extracted from the sea. Then, the salt is crushed and fused (melted) with the mixture of NaCl and 1,5 parts of CaCl2 to reduce its melting point (801 oC) to 508 oC. This liquid is transported to Electrolytic Apparatus called The Downs Cell.


Sodium and calcium ions are reduced at the cathode to form molten sodium and calcium and chloride ions are oxidized at the anode to form chlorine gas.

Further Reading...
Silberberg. Fifth Edition Chemistry, The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change. McGraw-Hill

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