Reply To N.M. Vegter ?Discussion On The Kinetics Of The Elution Of Gold From Activated Carbon? - In The Journal Of SAIMM, Vol. 97. 1997. Pp. 197?200
Organization: The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Jan 1, 1997
Mr Vegter has analysed, in some depth, the approximations made in the treatment of the kinetic data presented in the original by ourselves (ref.1) and has come to the conclusion that ?under the experimental conditions used by Adams and Nicol (1986) the steady-state assumption was inaccurate?. We are acutely aware of the fact that the experimental method adopted does not permit the attainment of a true steady-state in the elution reactor. However, this does not eliminate the attainment of a pseudo steady-state by a suitable choice of the experimental parameters with the accompanying simplification of the analysis of the data with the aim of drawing the reader?s attention to the most important objective of the paper viz. the effect of various operating parameters on the rate of elution of gold.