Production and Analysis of Recycled Ammonium Perrhenate from CMSX-4 superalloys

Gonzalez-Rodriguez, Jose and Pepper, Katherine and Baron, M.G. and Mamo, S.K. and Simons, A.M. (2018) Production and Analysis of Recycled Ammonium Perrhenate from CMSX-4 superalloys. Open Chemistry, 16 (1). pp. 1298-1306. ISSN 1644-3624

Full content URL: http://doi.org/10.1515/chem-2018-0136

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Abstract

The process to extract rhenium from a superalloy is an immense technical challenge due the complex chemistry involved. Being one of the rarest elements in the earth’s crust the scarcity and cost of rhenium makes it advantageous to recover the element from scrap superalloy. In this research the separation and monitoring of the different stages of the recycling process to extract rhenium from CMSX-4 superalloys using a distillation process were performed. This novel method combining distillation and use of exchange resins was used to separate rhenium from a complex mixture of metals in the CMSX-4 superalloy. The identification and quantitation of perrhenate and contaminants were performed by atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), ion chromatography (IC) and Scanning Electron Microscopy- Energy Dispersive X-Ray (SEM-EDX). Perrhenate ions were extracted with purity close to 93%. The analytical characteristics for a novel infrared method to quickly identify perrhenate anions from CMSX-4 are presented. The main characteristics of the analytical validation were: LoD: 0.5% w/w; LoQ: 1.5% w/w; linear range 1.5-100% w/w; correlation coefficient R2 = 0.9905; precision (%RSD) for 10%w/w = 6.6 and 75%w/w = 4.1, respectively; accuracy (%) for 10% w/w 99.6% and 75% w/w=101.1, respectively.

Keywords:Rhenium, CMSX-4, superalloys, metal recycling, metal separation
Subjects:F Physical Sciences > F111 Industrial Chemistry
F Physical Sciences > F110 Applied Chemistry
F Physical Sciences > F180 Analytical Chemistry
Divisions:College of Science > School of Chemistry
ID Code:35300
Deposited On:07 Mar 2019 15:27

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