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Significance and Use
5.1 In the primary metallurgical processes used by the mineral processing industry for gold bearing ores, gold is extracted with alkaline cyanide solutions and adsorbed onto activated carbon for recovery of the metal. Metallurgical accounting, process control, and ore evaluation procedures for this type of mineral processing plant depend on accurate, precise, and prompt measurements of gold concentrations in the activated carbon.
5.2 This test method for gold in activated carbon is intended primarily as a referee method to test such materials for metal content. It is assumed that those who use these procedures will be trained analysts capable of performing common laboratory procedures skillfully and safely. It is expected that work will be performed in a properly equipped laboratory and that proper waste disposal procedures will be followed. Appropriate quality control practices must be followed, such as those described in Guide E882.
1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. For specific hazards statements, see Section 9 and 11.2.3-11.2.5, 11.3.4, and 11.3.4.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D2862 Test Method for Particle Size Distribution of Granular Activated Carbon
D2866 Test Method for Total Ash Content of Activated Carbon
D2867 Test Methods for Moisture in Activated Carbon
E29 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Test Data to Determine Conformance with Specifications
E50 Practices for Apparatus, Reagents, and Safety Considerations for Chemical Analysis of Metals, Ores, and Related Materials
E135 Terminology Relating to Analytical Chemistry for Metals, Ores, and Related Materials
E173 Practice for Conducting Interlaboratory Studies of Methods for Chemical Analysis of Metals
E276 Test Method for Particle Size or Screen Analysis at No. 4 (4.75-mm) Sieve and Finer for Metal-Bearing Ores and Related Materials
E300 Practice for Sampling Industrial Chemicals
E882 Guide for Accountability and Quality Control in the Chemical Analysis Laboratory
E1601 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Evaluate the Performance of an Analytical Method
ICS Number Code 77.120.99 (Other non-ferrous metals and their alloys)
UNSPSC Code 41113808(Gravimeters); 11101522(Activated carbon)
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ASTM E1568-13, Standard Test Method for Determination of Gold in Activated Carbon by Fire Assay Gravimetry, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.orgBack to Top