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On the Electrochemical Reduction Mechanism of CaWO4 to W Powder

2012-08-01
Erdogan, Metehan
Karakaya, İshak
The reduction mechanism of CaWO4 to W in molten eutectic CaCl2-NaCl electrolyte has been studied. Cyclic voltammetry and constant potential electrolysis tests were performed to determine the reversible cell potential. Analyses of the experimental results revealed that at least 2.2 V was required to compensate the potentials for the accompanying cell reaction and the electrode polarizations. A cell reaction was proposed by associating the experimental results and the Gibbs energy changes of the possible reactions.