Mathematical models of particle size distribution in simulation analysis of high-pressure grinding roll operations
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AGH University of Science and Technology
Daniel Saramak   

AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Mining and Geoengineering, Department of Environ- mental Engineering and Mineral Processing, Mickiewicza 30 Av., 30-059 Krakow, Poland
Publication date: 2013-01-01
Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. 2013;49(1):121–131
The high-pressure grinding roll (HPGR) technology is currently one of the most efficient methods of hard ore comminution from the scope of the energy consumption. Throughput and energetic models of performance are quite well developed, but technological models predicting the comminution effects still needs an in-depth research. In the paper author presents the method of modeling of HPGR products’ particle size distribution by using suitable mathematical models. A basis of the HPGR performance assessment and HPGR-based crushing circuits design is a product’s particle size distribution. In order to precisely determine the particle size distribution of a HPGR product, parameters of product’s particle size distributions should be conditional on the main technical parameters of the roller press like operating pressure and the speed of rolls. The most accurate approximation of a distribution of size particle appears to be Weibull’s truncated distribution and it is possible to obtain significant relationships between the approximation formula and the value of operating pressure, or feed characteristics. It makes possible a determination of mass recoveries of the product’s respective size fractions and the productivity planning. Instead of pressure, the other HPGR operating parameters can be applied, but the pressure value appears to produce the most relevant relationship. A determination of HPGR product’s particle size dis- tribution is a basis of the press operation simulation analysis.