OPTIMIZATION OF COMMINUTION CIRCUIT THROUGHPUT AND PRODUCT SIZE DISTRIBUTION BY SIMULATION AND CONTROL
Abstract
The goal of this project is to improve energy efficiency of industrial crushing and grinding operations (comminution). Mathematical models of the comminution process are being used to study methods for optimizing the product size distribution, so that the amount of excessively fine material produced can be minimized. The goal is to save energy by reducing the amount of material that is ground below the target size, while simultaneously reducing the quantity of materials wasted as ''slimes'' that are too fine to be useful. This is being accomplished by mathematical modeling of the grinding circuits to determine how to correct this problem. The approaches taken included (1) Modeling of the circuit to determine process bottlenecks that restrict flowrates in one area while forcing other parts of the circuit to overgrind the material; (2) Modeling of hydrocyclones to determine the mechanisms responsible for retaining fine, highdensity particles in the circuit until they are overground, and improving existing models to accurately account for this behavior; and (3) Evaluation of advanced technologies to improve comminution efficiency and produce sharper product size distributions with less overgrinding.
 Authors:
 Publication Date:
 Research Org.:
 Michigan Technological University (US)
 Sponsoring Org.:
 (US)
 OSTI Identifier:
 835514
 DOE Contract Number:
 FC2601NT41062
 Resource Type:
 Technical Report
 Resource Relation:
 Other Information: PBD: 1 Oct 2004
 Country of Publication:
 United States
 Language:
 English
 Subject:
 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; COMMINUTION; CRUSHING; CYCLONE SEPARATORS; PARTICLE SIZE; DISTRIBUTION; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; GRINDING; MATHEMATICAL MODELS; ORE PROCESSING
Citation Formats
T.C. Eisele, S.K. Kawatra, and H.J. Walqui. OPTIMIZATION OF COMMINUTION CIRCUIT THROUGHPUT AND PRODUCT SIZE DISTRIBUTION BY SIMULATION AND CONTROL. United States: N. p., 2004.
Web. doi:10.2172/835514.
T.C. Eisele, S.K. Kawatra, & H.J. Walqui. OPTIMIZATION OF COMMINUTION CIRCUIT THROUGHPUT AND PRODUCT SIZE DISTRIBUTION BY SIMULATION AND CONTROL. United States. doi:10.2172/835514.
T.C. Eisele, S.K. Kawatra, and H.J. Walqui. 2004.
"OPTIMIZATION OF COMMINUTION CIRCUIT THROUGHPUT AND PRODUCT SIZE DISTRIBUTION BY SIMULATION AND CONTROL". United States.
doi:10.2172/835514. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/835514.
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The goal of this project is to improve the energy efficiency of industrial crushing and grinding operations (comminution). Mathematical models of the comminution process are being used to study methods for optimizing the product size distribution, so that the amount of excessively fine material produced can be minimized. This will save energy by reducing the amount of material that is ground to below the target size, and will also reduce the quantity of material wasted as slimes that are too fine to be useful. This will be accomplished by: (1) modeling alternative circuit arrangements to determine methods for minimizing overgrinding,more »