What makes this book unique is a specific focus on aluminum recovery, rather than just recycling in general. It also offers an integrated discussion of scrap recovery and re-melting operations and includes economic as well as technical elements of recycling. Important topics include a discussion of the scrap aluminum marketplace and how secondary aluminum is collected and sorted, the design and operation of furnaces for melting scrap, the refining of molten aluminum, and the recovery and processing of dross from re-melting operations. This second edition features more information on aluminum scrap pricing and the economics of recycling, the analysis of dross processing methods currently in use by the industry, and drosses produced. The book has been updated throughout to include the most up-to-date information.
Table of Contents
Brief History of Aluminum Recycling
Advantages (and Challenges) of Recycling
Wrought Aluminum Alloy System
Cast Aluminum Alloy System
Materials Life Cycle
Scrap Collection Practice
Aluminum Recycling Economics
Cost of Processing
Recycling Products and Their Price
UBCs and Other Packaging
Electrical and Electronic Scrap
Melting Furnace Fundamentals
Chemistry of Fluxing
Melting Furnace Parts and Accessories
Charging and Preheating
Holding and Dosing Furnaces
Electric Furnace Melting
Who Recycles Aluminum?
Influences on the Aluminum Recycling Industry
Recycling around the World
Metal Refining and Purification
Common Impurities in Molten Aluminum
Fundamentals of Impurity Removal
Types of Dross
Processing Options for Dross
Safety and Environmental Considerations
Collection and Beneficiation
Thermal Processing and Melting
Responses to Hazards
"Whether by good fortune or excellent judgement, the timing of this latest edition could hardly have been better! It will provide future generations of engineers and technologists the opportunity to develop procedures to cope with the anticipated growth of recyclable auto aluminum in the coming decades. This second edition of Aluminum Recycling is a 'tour de force' account of every facet of the recycling, or secondary, aluminum industry."
—Light Metal Age, August 2014
"The first edition of Mark’s book was the "aluminum "standard of the aluminum recycling subject areas as it treated theory and practical aspects, useful in both classrooms as well as on factory floors. … this second edition will become the "gold standard" of the aluminum recycling subject since it will be additionally useful in research laboratories, corporate headquarters and commodity trading floors."
—Dr. Subodh Das, Phinix,LLC, CEO and Founder
"The author points to trends in future scrap supply and technical developments… The book seems to be easily accessible and thus should attract new students and workers."
—Anne Kvithyld, SITNEF, Trondheim, Norway
Praise for the Previous Edition
"The graphs, charts, and photography are excellent additions to the content ... an informative, easily readable and understandable overview of aluminum recycling."
—Mary Raum, Naval War College, JOM On-Line, September 2008
"... Schlesinger has provided a valuable service by addressing all parts of the aluminum recycling process in one concise volume ... provides many helpful charts and graphs."
—Scrap, July/August 2007
"… the book appears to be an excellent start on a general overview of aluminum recycling."
—Brian P. Cochran, Wabash Alloys, LLC, Indiana, USA