By Rodney Gilmour
The upward push and explanation of the commercial phosphates have long gone hand in hand with the advance and maturation of applied sciences to purify phosphoric acid. within the Nineteen Sixties and 70s, pushed through the exponential revenues development of the detergent-builder sodium tripolyphosphate, chemical manufacturers raced to advance techniques that will supply a sufficiently natural phosphoric acid feedstock for manufacture to undercut thermal phosphoric acid made up of phosphorus. As environmental and political strain ended in a cave in favourite for sodium tripolyphosphate within the Nineteen Nineties, the industrial pressures to rationalize at plant and company degrees rose such that in simple terms the fittest survived.
Phosphoric Acid: Purification, makes use of, expertise, and Economics
, the 1st and purely publication of its style to be written in this subject, covers the improvement of purification applied sciences for phosphoric acid, specially solvent extraction, describing the extra profitable strategies and surroundings this era within the ancient context of the final 350 years. person chapters are dedicated to the foremost spinoff items that are nonetheless present process lively improvement, in addition to to sustainability and the way to strategy the commissioning of those crops. The textual content is geared toward scholars of chemistry, chemical engineering, company, and business background, and to new entrants to the industry.
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This was a very challenging task; it requires operating at a higher temperature than a 28%–30% P2O5 acid process with consequent corrosion problems and producing a different form of calcium sulfate (hemihydrate), which is much harder to handle than the dihydrate form produced at lower temperature. Nordengren patented this process  and developed a belt filter to handle the hemihydrate crystals known as the Landskrona or Lurgi filter. In the 1950s and 1960s, Japanese companies, Nissan, Nippon Kokan Kaisha (NKK), and Mitsubishi, developed hemihydrate–dihydrate recrystallization processes.
Astaris, like Rhodia, carried out a major restructure closing plants and 2 years later was acquired in November 2005 by ICL. Rhodia sold its phosphate operations: in the United States, including Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, to Bain Capital, creating Innophos; in the United Kingdom, it closed Whitehaven phosphate and PWA plants and sold the rest of the business to Thermphos (which was spun out of Hoechst [Knapsack historically] and was itself the subject of A&W’s takeover intentions in 1998); in France, the Rouen PWA/STPP unit was closed; in Belgium, the Rieme WPA plant was sold to Nilephos.
On April 1, 1974, commissioning commenced on a plant to produce 40,000 tons per year P2O5 as purified acid on Albright & Wilson’s Whitehaven site in Cumbria, England. The coproduct acid was transferred to their Humberside fertilizer factory in railcars. The process was code-named MO. MO referred to Marchon Oldbury. The Whitehaven site was established by two Austrians, Fred Marzillier and Frank Schon in the 1940s, hence Marchon. Unlike the rather conservative Albright & Wilson, Marchon was very entrepreneurial; under the site was an anhydrite mine, a source of valuable sulfur in the 1950s, and so Marchon made sulfuric acid, WPA, surfactants, and STPP.