Electrolysis unit for aluminium making

FIELD: electricity.

SUBSTANCE: electrolysis unit consists of the following: cathode device with a pool with carbon bottom, the pool is formed by carbon blocks enclosed in metallic casing with flame proof and heat-insulating materials arranged between metallic casing and carbon blocks; anode device including carbon anodes connected to anode bus, the anodes are arranged in upper part of bath and absorbed in fused electrolyte; on the carbon hearth along the anode perimeter the pedestals, or the floats resistant to destruction in cryolite aluminous fusions and liquid aluminium are located. The top surface of a pedestal or a float acts higher than a level of cathodic aluminium and a pedestal or floats can be moved and/or replaced if necessary. Pedestals or floats are made of carbon, carbide of silicon, their combination. The top surface of the pedestal or the float is flat, convex, concave, or inclined to the horizon.

EFFECT: decrease of specific power consumption due to reduction of interpolar gap, ohmic resistance and voltage drop in interpolar gap, increase of current output due to increase of hydrodynamic resistance to movement of fusion near the aluminium-electrolyte interface along the anode perimeter and decrease of mixing of fusion and counter reactions of metal with anode gases.

6 cl, 6 dwg

 

The invention relates to ferrous metallurgy, in particular to the electrolytic production of aluminum, namely to the design of electrolytic cells for aluminium production.

Known electrolytic cell [H. Chang, V. de Nora and George.And. Sekhar "Materials used in the production of aluminum by the Era-Hall". - Publishing house of Kazan state University, Krasnoyarsk. - 1998] containing cathode device and the anode device. Cathode apparatus comprises a bath with a coal furnace hearth, lined with carbon blocks with built-in current conductors enclosed in a metal casing. Between the metal casing and the coal blocks placed refractory and insulation materials. The device comprises an anode carbon anode connected to the anode bus. The anodes are placed in the upper part of the bath and immersed in the molten electrolyte.

A disadvantage of the known design of the cell is what is designed for it technologies are characterized by very high specific energy consumption W defined by the equation

W=vkηwhere V is the voltage on the tub, In; η is the current efficiency, k - electrochemical equivalent [kg/kA*h].

Usually in the technology of producing aluminum W=13-15 kWh/kg of metal. However, this power consumption is about 2 times b�lshe, than theoretically predicted. This is for two reasons:

1. The voltage V occupies most of the ohmic voltage drop in the electrolyte is determined by the value of Transconductance (mipolyseg.o) clearance (EMF). Typically this distance is about 5 cm.

2. The current efficiency η decreases with a sharp increase in the interaction (the so-called "reverse interaction") of the anode products (carbon dioxide) and cathodic products (dissolved aluminum) with increasing hydrodynamic mixing (circulation) of the electrolyte and/or metal.

Thus, one of the major drawbacks of the above design are the relatively high ohmic resistance of the EMF and high energy consumption.

Known electrolytic cell for aluminium production [US 4405433, C25C 3/08, publ. 20.09.1983], consisting of anode current supply, carbon anode, carbon cathode disposed under the anode with additional elements - "mushrooms", is made of titanium diboride, isolation, electrolyte, liquid aluminum, blumsom.

A disadvantage of the known design of the cell is insufficient thermo-mechanical and chemical resistance "mushrooms", is made of titanium diboride, especially on the borders of the metal-electrolyte; the complexity of attachment "mushrooms" to the bottom and the impossibility of implementing such an attachment nine existing electrolyzers, the small area of contact "mushroom" with the coal furnace hearth, as well as relatively high cost and the inability to efficiently remove the "mushroom" from the interelectrode gap, if necessary, for example, lowering the anode to the cathode.

The closest technical solution, selected as a prototype, is the electrolytic cell for aluminium production [RU # 111540, C25C 3/06, publ. 20.12.2011], including cathode device comprising bath with coal furnace hearth, lined with carbon blocks with built-cathode conductors enclosed in a metal casing, is placed between the metal casing and the coal blocks of refractory and insulating materials, anodic device containing carbon anodes connected to an anode bus bar, located in the upper part of the bath and immersed in the molten electrolyte, characterized in that on the bottom of the coal under each of the anodes are tables with higher specific electrical conductivity than the electrolyte, and resistant to degradation in cryolithology melts and liquid aluminum, moreover, the upper surface of the pedestal protrudes above the level of the cathode aluminum and pedestals are made with the ability to move and/or replacement if necessary.

The disadvantages of the known structures of the cell are: a relatively large amount of space in MPZ, develo�strap-tables, the weight and cost of the tables, the complexity of the displacement and/or replacement of the tables if necessary. If necessary the use of weights located inside the pedestal, for example cast iron "kettlebell" or fill, this may reduce the reliability of the design due to the difference in coefficients of thermal expansion of the material and the penetration of the electrolyte through the pores of the cabinets to the material of weighting, leading to premature corrosion and contamination of the cathode metal. Almost difficult the possibility of automatic control of vertical movement of the pedestal when changing the layer thickness of the cathode metal.

In addition to the above, the known disadvantage of the currently existing cell with horizontal electrodes (Fig.3, the anode 1 and cathode 2) is the fact that formed on the anode 1 gases rush to the edges of the anode, resulting in the movement of the melt 4. Around the perimeter of the anode 1 anode gases 7 upward, forming the hydrodynamic pressure at the interface of aluminum-electrolyte, formed a rising wave of aluminium 9. On top of the waves of the aluminum particles can break off and being trapped gas bubbles 7, rush upwards in the electrolyte 4 and to the anode 1, wherein the oxidized, i.e., the reverse reaction occurs, which reduces the current efficiency of the cell. In the result� this phenomenon the current output may be reduced approximately by 0.3%.

The technical result of the invention is to reduce specific power consumption by reducing inventories, the ohmic resistance and the voltage drop in inventories, the increase of current efficiency due to the increased hydrodynamic resistance to movement of the melt at the border of the aluminium-electrolyte interface along the perimeter of the anode, and therefore reduce mixing of the melt and "reverse" reactions of metal with an anode gases.

The technical result is achieved in that in an electrolytic cell for producing aluminum, comprising a cathode device comprising bath with coal furnace hearth, lined with carbon blocks with built-cathode conductors enclosed in a metal casing, is placed between the metal casing and the coal blocks of refractory and insulating materials, anodic device containing carbon anodes connected to an anode bus bar, located in the upper part of the bath and immersed in the molten electrolyte, what is new is that it is equipped with tables or floats placed along the perimeter of the anode in the interpolar gap at the boundary surfaces of the aluminum cathode-electrolyte, the upper surface of which is above the level of the cathode of aluminum, with the possibility of moving and/or replacing cabinets or float if necessary. New also is the fact that cabinets and�and floats made of carbon blocks, in particular from waste in the form of a battle standard bottom blocks, baked anodes and/or electrodes, silicon carbide, or a combination of carbon and silicon carbide-based and/or floating on the border of the cathode metal/electrolyte interface due to the difference of densities of the materials. The outer surface of the blocks or float pre-coated or impregnated protective inhibitory substances; under each anode can be set from 1 to 240 tables or floats (floats) can be any shape, such as a parallelepiped, prism, cube, hexagonal, orthogonal, spherical, ellipsoidal, hemispherical, cylindrical, and combinations of forms, etc. the Upper surface of the pedestal or float is made flat, or convex, or concave, or inclined to the horizon.

The invention complement private distinctive signs which also aim at solving the problem:

1. The floats have a density less than that of the cathode metal, but more than that of the electrolyte, floating on the border of the cathode metal/electrolyte interface due to the difference of densities of materials, and the upper surface of the float protrudes above the level of the cathode aluminum.

2. Tables or floats can be made of carbon blocks, blocks made of silicon carbide or combinations thereof, in particular from waste in the form of a battle standard blocks, �beginnig anodes and/or electrodes, located on the border of the cathode metal/electrolyte interface due to the difference of densities of the materials.

3. Tables or floats, before to be placed in the space MPZ, covered in vacuum packaging foil of the cathode metal and is heated to a temperature as close as possible to the temperature of electrolysis, but lower than the melting point of the metal cathode. Then the Cabinet or the float is placed in the space of the stocks.

4. Cabinets can be made of silicon carbide and/or material type ANAPLAST.

5. The outer surface of the blocks or float pre-treated/impregnated protective inhibitory substances.

6. Around the perimeter of the anode can be set from 1 to 240 tables or floats.

7. The upper surface of the tables or floats are flat, or convex, or concave, or inclined to the horizon.

8. The floats may be of any shape, such as a parallelepiped, prism, cube, hexagonal, orthogonal, spherical, ellipsoidal, hemispherical, cylindrical, combinations of various forms, etc., but design features and unification of the floats can be considered for the optimum design and the process of electrolysis.

These differences allow to draw a conclusion about conformity of the proposed technical solution the criterion of "novelty". The features distinguishing the claimed method from the prototype, not identified in the d�ugih technical solutions in the study of this and related areas of technology and, therefore, provide the claimed solution to the criterion of "inventive step".

The invention is illustrated by drawings 1-6.

The electrolytic cell contains a carbon anode with an anode current supply 1, coal bottom (cathode) 2. The bottom surface coal anode immersed in the electrolyte 3. Inside of the cell is lined, the lining 6. The electrolytic cell is equipped with a traditional device for supplying raw materials (alumina, forsale, etc.) and the flue 8, the device for current supply 3 to the cathode 2. In the interpolar gap (EMF) on the boundary surfaces of the cathode metal-electrolyte 4 on the perimeter of the anode 1, in the place where usually the wave is formed of the metal cathode 9 (Fig.3), placed tables or floats in a box 10 (Fig.4) or other forms or their combinations (Fig.5), including prism, cube, hexagonal, orthogonal, spherical, ellipsoidal, hemispherical, cylindrical, and at the bottom of the cabinets or the float has a through hole 12 for the flow of aluminum (Fig.5). Unlike cabinets float attach brackets 11 on the perimeter of the anode 1 (Fig.6), the bracket 1 is made of silicon carbide or similar non-conductive material stable in cryolithology melts and aluminum at temperatures of 950-1100°C.

The installation of aluminium electrolytic cell is carried out following�m.

Tables or floats, before to be placed in the space mPas, can be wrapped in vacuum-sealed foil cathode metal with the aim of closing the surface pores, protect the float from oxidation in air, improving heat transfer and heated to a temperature as close as possible to the temperature of electrolysis, but lower than the melting point of the metal cathode. Then the float is placed in the space of the stocks.

Thus there is improvement following TEP aluminum electrolysis: a decrease in inventories, operating voltage and the specific power consumption, increasing the current efficiency and the performance of the cell.

1. The electrolytic cell for producing aluminum-containing cathode device having a tub with a carbon bottom, lined with carbon blocks with built-cathode conductors enclosed in a metal casing, is placed between the metal casing and the coal blocks of refractory and insulating materials, anodic device containing carbon anodes connected to an anode bus bar, located in the upper part of the bath and immersed in the molten electrolyte, characterized in that it is provided with blocks in the form of tables or floats placed along the perimeter of the anode in the interpolar gap at the boundary surfaces of the aluminum cathode-electrolyte, the upper surface of which you�Tupa above the level of the cathode of aluminum, is arranged to move and/or replace them if necessary.

2. The electrolyzer according to claim 1, characterized in that the blocks in the form of tables or floats made of carbon materials, in particular from waste in the form of a battle standard bottom blocks, baked anodes and/or electrodes, silicon carbide, or a combination of carbon and silicon carbide-based and/or floating on the border of the cathode metal-electrolyte interface due to the difference of densities of the materials.

3. The electrolyzer according to claim 1, characterized in that the outer surface of the blocks or float pre-coated or impregnated protective inhibitory substances.

4. The electrolyzer according to claim 1, characterized in that each anode set from 1 to 240 tables or floats.

5. The electrolyzer according to claim 1, characterized in that the floats are made of any shape, for example in the form of a parallelepiped, prism, cube, hexagonal, orthogonal, spherical, ellipsoidal, hemispherical, cylindrical, and combinations of the mentioned forms.

6. The electrolyzer according to claim 1, characterized in that the upper surface of the pedestal or float is made flat, or convex, or concave, or inclined to the horizontal.



 

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