Extractive Metallurgy of Rare Earths compiles information from scattered sources often available only to specialists. This book provides a complete and usable survey of the rare earth resources, extraction, and production of numerous end products in both laboratory and industrial settings.
The authors present the latest developments in rare earth extraction, production, and processing technology, including ore processing and separation of individual rare earths, preparation of alloys, magnets, refrigerants, and thin film deposition, reduction, refining, and ultra-purification of rare earth elements. A thorough account of the atomic, physical, and reactive properties of these elements convey complex metallurgical principles with clarity. All chapters draw attention to the metals that illustrate the applicable techniques used in extraction, reduction, refining, and preparation of rare earth compounds and alloys. Types of deposits and their origins throughout the world accompanied by a review of countries that actively participate in rare earth production show a dynamic, multi-faceted industry throughout.
This book provides a ubiquitous source of industry expertise and objectives. It offers valuable scientific knowledge of physicochemical principles, process design and procedures in the preparation and purification of rare earths from minerals and ores to useful compounds and alloys.