Diamond recovery from waste sawblades: A preliminary investigation


CELEP O. , AYDIN G. , KARAKURT İ.

PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS PART B-JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING MANUFACTURE, vol.227, no.6, pp.917-921, 2013 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 227 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/0954405412471524
  • Title of Journal : PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS PART B-JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING MANUFACTURE
  • Page Numbers: pp.917-921
  • Keywords: Cutting tools, damaged sawblades, diamond, aqua regia, recovery, CERMETS, TOOLS

Abstract

Due to their excellent hardness and toughness, diamond tools have been widely used as cutting tools for mining applications such as machining and/or processing of natural stones. A considerable amount of used sawblades with diamond grits are damaged, scrapped and wasted in the regions where machining and/or processing of ornamental stones are heavily conducted. Since a damaged and/or scrapped sawblade could still have diamonds grits, the recovery of diamond grits from sawblades has recently gained attention. The aim of this study was to investigate the recoverability of diamonds from damaged sawblades using hydrometallurgical processes, including aqua regia. Using scanning electron microscopy micrographs, the worn surfaces of diamonds were also examined before and after leaching. The results of the study represented that the diamonds from damaged sawblades can be successfully recovered by hydrometallurgical processes, including aqua regia, and the recovered diamonds could be reused in cutting tools after size classification. The results also revealed that among the damage types of diamond, the fractured and polished crystals resulted in diamond crystals with lower grain size.