Development of physically based tumbling mill models
2014 (English)In: Proceedings of XXIII International Mineral Processing Congress: XXVII, Santiago, Chile 20-24 October 2014, Santiago: IMPC , 2014Conference paper (Refereed)
Numerical modelling of grinding in tumbling mills is traditionally done with the discrete element method (DEM). The grinding balls are then represented by DEM particles and the mill structure is considered rigid. To include more physical phenomena several numerical methods can be combined. One important improvement is to include the mill structure response, using the finite element method (FEM). The interaction between charge and lining can then be studied in detail. The pulp can also be included using a particle-based continuum method e.g. smoothed particle method (SPH). The strength of SPH lies in modelling of free surface flows and very large deformations and it is suited to model simultaneous fluid and granular flow. Still, the coarse particles (grinding balls) in the charge are suitable to be model using DEM. Each of these methods has their strength and weaknesses, but combined they can successfully mimic the main features of the charge movement. With these numerical tools the complex interaction between the different components of the grinding process; pulp, charge, lining and the mechanical behaviour of the mill, can be studied together. This work will present novel numerical approaches to model, simulate and validate charge behaviour in tumbling mills. These numerical models give possibilities to better understand the physical and mechanical behaviour of particulate material systems during grinding in a tumbling mill. This is important in order to develop and optimise future high-capacity grinding circuits and save energy.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Santiago: IMPC , 2014.
Research subject Solid Mechanics; Mineral Processing
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-26841Local ID: 018f4d03-3e2c-4a32-b5ff-06171f776a6fISBN: 9789569393150OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-26841DiVA: diva2:1000021
International Mineral Processing Congress : 20/10/2014 - 24/10/2014
Godkänd; 2014; 20141117 (parj)2016-09-302016-09-30Bibliographically approved