Would this work to melt palladium powder with a DC line feed Welder

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Would this work to melt palladium powder with a DC line feed Welder

Post by Sorrycantseeme » March 26th, 2020, 8:16 pm

This might be a really stupid question but if I was to obtain or fabricate tiny box maybe 2" by 2" by 4" tall & leave a small opening in the top of the box enough for tip of flux core welder could I pack this contraption with palladium powder & feed a bunch of weld into this box would it melt the palladium powder?


Then could I just dissolve that steel with hcl leaving palladium metal or Is this just a foolish idea .

I just hate how the powder wants to jump everywhere, and time it takes to bring it to melt.

This is probably the dumbest question ever and I was wondering if those $200 HHO torch would work pretty easy .

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Post by Lino1406 » March 26th, 2020, 11:32 pm

"tip of flux core welder" is less than 500C and the contact area too small

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Re: Would this work to melt palladium powder with a DC line feed Welder

Post by Sorrycantseeme » March 27th, 2020, 3:51 am

How well would one of those HHO $200units work in melting palladium powder. Would I be able to melt 4-5 grams at a time?

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Re: Would this work to melt palladium powder with a DC line feed Welder

Post by kjavanb123 » March 27th, 2020, 10:07 am

Alternatively you can use lead smelting the Palladium powder, followed by cupelation of lead will leave you with a pure palladium bead.

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Post by Sorrycantseeme » March 27th, 2020, 8:34 pm

I think your saying I can melt some lead and add the palladium powder to the lead and continue melting .
Then after I am finished remelt the lead to exact temp it begins to melt and stop when the lead melts away leaving palladium metal.

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Post by jimdoc » March 27th, 2020, 8:38 pm

look up cupelation.

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Post by Sorrycantseeme » March 27th, 2020, 11:30 pm

I don't quite get it ? So I add the lead after heating the powder , or melt the lead first . Then I will have the two together and I seperate by melting to leads temp.

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Post by butcher » March 27th, 2020, 11:46 pm

keep reading until it clicks study simple fire assay's...

In the melt, the litharge along with the other flux in the melt the molten lead becomes a collector for the other metals...

The lead button scorified can be oxidized under the flame of a torch or in an oven and the lead oxides are absorbed in a bone ash cupel or on a layer of bone ash powder, in magnesium cupel, portland cement...

The button then normally parted in nitric acid...

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Re: Would this work to melt palladium powder with a DC line feed Welder

Post by Sorrycantseeme » March 28th, 2020, 12:48 am

I just heated the CRAp out of this powder with a oxy propane torch and it started to act like Mercury when Mercury collects gold but the lead started to collect collect little particles
https://photos.app.goo.gl/ivG1bScqUkadEgoq5

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Re: Would this work to melt palladium powder with a DC line feed Welder

Post by kjavanb123 » March 28th, 2020, 2:13 am

Hi

Sorry for late respond here. Please try the following;

1- Collect all powder and bead you have in uour picture

2- Put them in a graphite cruicble (they are black color and shape like a glass)

3- Add about 50 grams of lead metal and melt it and make sure you swirl the crucible to let molten lead dissolve palladium powder.

4- After about 5-6 mins of step 3, pour the lead into a mold and let it cool,

5- Fill out that melting dish of yours with Portland cement, use the bottom of another curved dish like melting dish and press down on cement to make it shallow at the center.

6- In a ventilated area or fume hood, place the lead button in the center of melting dish filled and pressed with cement called cupel, and use the torch and melt the lead button then lower the heat and let the oxygen oxidize the lead

7- Continue till all lead is melted and absorbed to cement. That should leave you with palladium bead.

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