Application and optimisation studies of a zinc electrowinning process simulation

Michael Mahon, Spencer Peng, Akram Alfantazi

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Using existing models, a zinc electrowinning cell house was simulated including electrowinning cells, electrolyte storage, and cooling towers. Optimisations and applications of the simulation were investigated as applicable to a cell house. Conditions were identified for achieving optimal current efficiency, energy consumption, and zinc production rate for a single cell and the entire cell house. The minimal energy consumption of the cell house was found to be larger than single cells primarily due to the lack of available control of the acid concentration. Water loss through cooling towers and the movement of a well-mixed non-interacting impurity was also tracked.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)633-642
Number of pages10
JournalCanadian Journal of Chemical Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Electrochemistry
  • Modelling and simulation studies
  • Optimisation and optimal control theory


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