Friday, January 13, 2017

Section Meeting - January 19, 2017

SME Utah Section Meeting


Joshua Werner, PE
SME Henry Krumb Lecturer 2016
Graduate Student
Metallurgical Engineering
The University of Utah


Modeling and Validation of Electrowinning to Facilitate Operational Optimization


Understanding the causes and effects of operational conditions in tank houses has a significant impact on electrowinning operating costs. To better predict these costs a model was developed to determine the cause and effect of various parameters such as temperature, concentration, bubble size, and current density on electrowinning performance. Straight cathodes and various defects were studied such as nodules, bent and tilted cathodes. Experiments were conducted to validate the model. Full-scale simulations were also compared to historic data. The objective of this work is to provide operators with a modeling tool that quantifies the impacts of operational settings on electrowinning performance and costs.


January 19, 2017


Social Hour—6:00 to 7:00
Dinner—7:00 to 7:30
Presentation—7:30 to 8:30


7158 S FLSmidth Drive
Midvale, UT 84047-5559
Please park in the West parking lot and enter through the atrium door between the new and old buildings.

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Members and Guests $20.00
Students $5.00



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