Comminution

Comminution

Abstract A stirred milling model, based on the concept of shear–volume power, was developed and applied to geometries typically found in mineral processing systems. Generalising this model permits its use to model more complex mill geometries, such as those describing a tapered disk mill and the Co...
12-Jun-2015
Abstract DRAMP was approached by the ARM/Lion Ore JV during July 2006 to conduct a feasibility study and Control Budget Estimate for a new Greenfield’s project for their NKOMATI Ni mine 45km east of Machadadorp. The scope included the evaluation and review of previous studies as well as a techno-...
17-Apr-2015
New Gold Inc.’s New Afton concentrator commenced operation in June 2012, producing a copper-gold-silver concentrate. During the first two years of operation, various optimization efforts have improved mill throughput, recoveries and concentrate grade. Daily mill throughput has increased 20% above th...
03-Apr-2015
Abstract The total energy consumption for ore comminution will further increase within the next decades. One contribution to minimise the increase is to use more efficient comminution equipment. Vertical-roller-mills (VRM) are an energy-efficient alternative to conventional grinding technology. O...
03-Apr-2015
Abstract Stirred mill power has been modelled empirically, adimensionally and computational intensively through the use of the discrete element method and computational fluid dynamics. To this range of power modelling efforts, one more is added through the development of a shear based power for s...
03-Apr-2015
Abstract Comminution is known to be an inefficient user of energy. This makes it the largest energy consumer in many mine sites and therefore a large component of cost. One would therefore have thought that improving comminution energy efficiency would be receiving the undivided attention of the...
03-Apr-2015
The key themes for the 2014 Workshop were best practice and benchmarking. The workshop took place in Vancouver over a 2-day period. Each day included keynote speakers who set the scene for the participants prior to break our sessions for discussion. Keynote speaker topics included, but were not limi...
02-Apr-2015
Edge effect is the widely observed condition of impaired comminution performance at the edges of High Pressure Grinding Roll (HPGR) tires. This effect is caused by a reduction in the local crushing pressure at the edges of the tires resulting from the interaction between the static cheek plates and...
16-Mar-2015
High Pressure Grinding Rolls (HPGR) technology is the continuous version of the confined particle-bed breakage. Feed size distribution has a key role in total specific energy consumption and product size reduction. Fines in the HPGR feed are defined as relatively small particles that should not unde...
16-Mar-2015
Traditional motors for milling technology has relied on either Wound Rotor Induction, Low Speed Synchronous Motors, or Asynchronous Induction Motors with mechanical gear reducers. A new alternative is now offered: The Low Speed Asynchronous Motor. This alternative provides the benefit of reduced com...
16-Mar-2015
It has been widely accepted to go for grate discharge ball milling when a coarse product is preferred or to avoid production of extreme fines, but overflow discharge mills are preferred for their simplicity of design and production of finer product. In grate discharge mills the product is discharged...
13-Mar-2015
Taseko Mines Limited Gibraltar copper-molybdenum mine recommenced operation in 2004 with the initiation of a series of development projects to increase throughput capacity as well as modernize the mine. In the second staged development project, a VTM- 1250-WB regrind mill was selected to replace...
13-Mar-2015
Abstract Comminution is known to be an inefficient user of energy. This makes it the largest energy consumer in many mine sites and therefore a large component of cost. One would therefore have thought that improving comminution energy efficiency would be receiving the undivided attention of the mi...
13-Feb-2015
Abstract This paper describes a methodology to monitor axial mixing in an IsaMill as a function of mill feed flow rate, mill tip speed and media load. Steady state temperature measurements (profiles) along the mill length were used to quantify the degree of mixing during the comminution process. Co...
13-Feb-2015
Spherical grinding media (balls) are the most widely used media for comminution of ores by grinding. One way to optimize the grinding process in a tumbling mill is associated with the development and testing of a new media shape. by modelling simulations study of the behavior of two types of grin...
04-Feb-2015
The Mine to Mill course identifies the changes to practice required to optimise performance in blasting and comminution to maximise profitability and energy efficiency. February 2015 | Denver, Colorado 9-11 July 2015 | Zambia October 2015 | Chile  
17-Jan-2015
Most SAG grinding operations currently use ball size between 5.5 and 6 inch maximum size, However, in most cases the use of these ball sizes hasn't been justified by a phenomenological analysis of the real effect on the grinding process, but rather by trial and error. The analysis of the influence o...
07-Jan-2015
The consumption of aggregates in civil construction has increased considerably in Brazil for the last years. The extraction of sand and gravel generates significant environmental impacts. As the quarries and sand deposits are getting exhausted near the big cities, the price of aggregates is increasi...
06-Dec-2014
In recent years, DEM ( discrete element method) software, along with 3D laser measuring equipment, have become powerful tools to describe mill charge behavior, as well as forces acting on the liners of SAG mills. With the aim of contributing to streamline this application of the advanced technologie...
06-Dec-2014
EEO program Industry: Mining, minerals processing Key driver for optimisation: Productivity Improvement Focus: Process control Location: Laverton, Western Australia Product(s): Gold Cost to implement: NA Annual Savings: NA Payback Period: NA Employees: 500 Energy sources: natura...
04-Dec-2014
Industry: Mining, minerals processing Key driver for optimisation: Productivity Improvement Focus: Process control Location: Laverton, Western Australia Product(s): Gold Cost to implement: NA Annual Savings: NA Payback Period: NA Employees: 500 Energy sources: natural gas and diese...
04-Dec-2014
Case Study Snapshot Industry: Mining Energy Management System (EnMS) guidance/standard: CAN/CSA-ISO 50001 Key driver for EnMS: Cost reduction Improvement focus: Energy efficiency for mine production and operations Location: New Afton Mine, Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada Product(s): Gold an...
04-Dec-2014
The search for energy efficient technologies for comminution processes is constant in mineral processing studies, since those processes represent a major percentage of operational costs. In this context the sue of stirred mills is increasing, especially for ultrafine grinding. Although many authors...
22-Nov-2014
AusIMM Mill Operators 2014 Volume Title: 12th Mill Operators' Conference 2014 A comprehensive Australia-wide survey of comminution energy consumption at copper and gold mines was presented by the authors at the 11th AusIMM Mill Operators’ Conference 2012. The database has been extended to includ...
15-Nov-2014