Development of a fully dynamic simulation of a zinc electrowinning tankhouse

Michael Mahon, Spencer Peng, Larry Wasik, Akram Alfantazi

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A dynamic simulation of a zinc tankhouse is a potential tool to improve tankhouse production and cost efficiencies. A fully dynamic simulation has potential uses in the design of new tankhouses as well as in the optimization of existing facilities. Equations from previously validated models of a single cell have been adapted to the industrial dynamic process simulation software, CADSIM Plus. Based on the inlet concentration, current density, and electrode setup, the simulation can predict many parameters, including outlet concentrations, flow rates, current efficiency and energy consumption. Multiple cells have been simulated simultaneously, allowing for an entire hypothetical tankhouse to be modeled. The simulation can be used to dynamically predict the conditions in a zinc tankhouse throughout an operation time scale. Further applications of this model include, tracking impurity buildup, modeling of recycle streams and the development of new flow regimes within the tankhouse.

Original languageBritish English
Title of host publicationElectrometallurgy 2012 - Held During the TMS 2012 Annual Meeting and Exhibition
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2012
EventElectrometallurgy 2012 - TMS 2012 Annual Meeting and Exhibition - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 11 Mar 201215 Mar 2012

Publication series

NameTMS Annual Meeting


ConferenceElectrometallurgy 2012 - TMS 2012 Annual Meeting and Exhibition
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL


  • Modeling
  • Process simulation
  • Zinc electrowinning


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