Our fire assay crucibles are high-quality and are suitable for multi-use. They have highly consistent dimensional tolerances and mechanical strength that makes manual and automatic handling very safe and efficient. All crucibles are uniform in shape to better accommodate handling equipment and tumbler mixers. Sizes available: 15g, 20g, 30g, 40g, 45g, 50g, and larger.
For Continental crucibles, our standard range offering, these crucibles will last 4-5 fusions (depending on ore type and flux formulation).
Fire assay it's a classical analytical method for applying metallurgical principles and techniques to analytical chemistry. To test the content of precious metals in minerals and metal products determined by melting and roasting. The method has the advantages of sample representation, wide applicability, good enrichment effect and so on.
Drill core samples (or others) are received at the laboratory, crushed, milled and dried in the oven. Samples are then separated into bags, tagged and weighed.
Next, the samples are prepared for the fusion process, which requires a reducing environment and so the samples are mixed with flux, a carbon source (coal dust) and litharge (PbO).
The samples are then placed into a fusion/ refractory crucible, ready to go into the furnace. The high tempareture (1000 – 1200°C) melts the sample while the flux fuses with the gangue (non-precious material) and the now liquid lead collects all the precious metals. The newly-formed Pb-Au-Ag-PGE concoction migrates to the bottom of the crucible due to its high density.
As cooled lead sample is then separated from the glass waste (slag) with a hammer, and placed in a porous bone ash (MgO) crucible, ready for the cupellation step.
The sample is then placed in a muffle furnace at around 1000°C. The lead oxidises with the aid of the inflowing air from the furnace muffle and then immediately melts and is absorbed into the crucible, leaving behind what is known as a precious metal prill.
The prill is then analysed for its precious metal content through dissolving it in aqua regia (a mixture of hydrochloric and nitric acid) and the concentrations determined by spectroscopic methods (AAS, ICPAES, ICPMS).
Eventual detection limits are in the region of parts per billion but accuracy is usually in the region of 3 -5% for this metallurgical analytical technique.
L.O.I(loss on ignition)
Precious Metal Analysis
Fire assay crucible
SiO2 + Al2O3
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