Introduction to Silver
Silver is a metallic chemical element with the chemical symbol Ag (argentums) and atomic number 47. A soft, white, lustrous transition metal, it has the highest electrical conductivity of any element and the highest thermal conductivity of any metal. Silver is a very ductile and malleable monovalent coinage metal with a brilliant white metallic luster. Most silver is produced as a by-product of copper, gold, lead, and zinc refining.
Silver has long been valued as a precious metal, and it is used to make ornaments, jewelry, high-value tableware, utensils, and currency coins. Today, silver metal is also used in electrical contacts and conductors, in mirrors and in catalysis of chemical reactions. Its compounds are used in photographic film and dilute silver nitrate solutions and other silver compounds are used as disinfectants and microbiocides. While many medical antimicrobial uses of silver have been supplanted by antibiotics, further research into clinical potential continues.
Silver is found in native form very rarely as nuggets, but more usually combined with sulfur, antimony, arsenic, or chlorine and in various ores such as chlorargyrite and argentite.
Silver Mining Process
Silver is commonly extracted from ore by crushing, grinding, smelting or chemical leaching. SBM crushers have a very important role in silver ores mining, especially in silver ores’ crushing process. The jaw crusher is commonly used as the primary crusher and impact crusher, cone crusher is used as secondary crusher. The ball mill, raymond mill or high pressure mill is often used as grinding machine to grind silver ores to final size. The crushed silver ores will be smelted to get the final product – silver.
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