Application of basic process modeling in investigating the breakage behavior of UG2 ore in wet milling

Gwiranai Danha, Diane Hildebrandt, David Glasser, Clayton Bhondayi

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We carried out wet milling batch tests in a laboratory scale ball mill on a minus 600. μm UG2 ore as feed. In this paper, we aim to investigate the nature of the UG2 ore using a simple method that relies only on the breakage kinetic data and knowledge of basic process modeling skills. Our results show that a two component model more accurately predicts the breakage behavior of the UG2 ore when compared to the homogeneous or true first order model. This paper takes the view that due to the effectiveness of the two component model in describing the milling behavior, it may be hypothesized that the ore might best be described as composing material of two different hardness; termed the 'soft' and 'hard' components. Our results also show that for all solid concentrations investigated, the rates of breakage of the 'soft' component are much higher than for the hard component. We also found that at 20% solid content the difference between the rates of breakage of the soft component (0.15 per second) and that of the hard component (0.0159 per second) is 0.1341 per second, while at 50% solids the difference is 0.111.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-48
Number of pages7
JournalPowder Technology
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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