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Even though over 30% of the aluminum produced worldwide now comes from secondary sources (recycled material), there are few books that cover the recycling process from beginning to end. Meeting the need for a comprehensive treatment of the aluminum recycling process, Aluminum Recycling explores the technology and processing strategies required to convert scrap aluminum and its alloys into new aluminum products and mixtures.

The book details the collecting, sorting, and separating of scrap aluminum as well as the processing and upgrading equipment used. It first describes the aluminum alloys that are contained in the ore body and the various "mines" where aluminum scrap is found, followed by a discussion of the procedures for separating scrap aluminum from other materials. Subsequent chapters review the furnaces used for remelting the recovered scrap and the refining techniques that improve its purity and quality. The book also discusses the economics of scrap recycling and outlines the structure of the recycling industry. The final chapter addresses the unique environmental and safety challenges that recycling operations face.

Although the benefits of recycling are numerous, aluminum recycling presents a series of unique challenges. Aluminum Recycling expertly leads you through the sequences of scrap aluminum recycling to provide a solid foundation for overcoming these obstacles.

" stop resource for the principles involved in the simulation of materials processing operations using mathematical and physical modeling techniques...cross"

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"… the book appears to be an excellent start on a general overview of aluminum recycling."
—Brian P. Cochran, Wabash Alloys, LLC, Indiana, USA

"The graphs, charts, and photography are excellent additions to the content . . .The author states in his introduction I wrote this book because I could not find one like it. He has accomplished this task by creating an informative, easily readable and understandable overview of aluminum recycling."
—Mary Raum, Naval War College, in JOM On-Line, September 2008

". . . Schlesinger has provided a valuable service by addressing all parts of the aluminum recycling process in one concise volume . . . provides many helpful charts and graphs."
—in Scrap, July/August 2007

Discusses the basic principles involved in the simulation of materials processing using both mathematical and physical modeling techniques. The book features topics not usually found in traditional transport phenomena texts, such as software and hardware selection and application, and representation of auxiliary relationships including turbulence modeling, chemical kinetics, magnetohydrodynamics and multiphase flow. Written primarily as an introduction for materials engineers and researchers, it can also serve as a textbook for undergraduate and first-level graduate courses in process modeling. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849396625
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Series: CRC Mechanical Engineering Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

A Brief History of Aluminum Recycling
Advantages (and Challenges) of Recycling

The Wrought Aluminum Alloy System
The Cast Aluminum Alloy System
The Product Mix

The Materials Life Cycle
Scrap Collection Practice

History of Aluminum Production
Production of Primary Aluminum
Aluminum Recycling
Recycling of Used Aluminum Beverage Cans
Aluminum Recycling: An Economic Perspective

The Alloy Separation Problem
Thermal Processing

New Scrap
Municipal Solid Waste
UBCs and Other Packaging
Automotive Scrap
Electrical and Electronic Scrap

Heat-Transfer Kinetics
The Chemistry of Fluxing
Refractory Interactions

Environmental Equipment

Single-Chamber Designs
Multiple-Chamber Furnaces
Small-Volume Melters
Rotary Furnaces
Holding and Dosing Furnaces

Induction Furnaces
Resistance Furnaces

Who Recycles Aluminum?
Influences on the Aluminum Recycling Industry

Common Impurities in Molten Aluminum
Fundamentals of Impurity Removal
Refining Strategy

Types of Dross
Processing Options for Dross

Collection and Beneficiation
Thermal Processing and Melting
Responses to Hazards

Each chapter contains Recommended Reading and References.

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