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Study the effect of electrical and mechanical shock loading on liberation and milling characteristics of mineral materials

Singh, Veerendra and Samuelraj, Obed I and Venugopal, R and Jagadeesh, G and Banerjee, P K (2015) Study the effect of electrical and mechanical shock loading on liberation and milling characteristics of mineral materials. In: MINERALS ENGINEERING, 70 . pp. 207-216.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1016/j.mineng.2014.09.023

Abstract

Milling is an energy intensive process and it is considered as one of the most energy inefficient processes. Electrical and mechanical shock loading can be used to develop a pre-treatment methodology to enhance energy efficiency of comminution and liberation of minerals. Coal and Banded Hematite Jasper (BHJ) Iron ores samples were taken for the study to know the effect of shock loading. These samples were exposed to 5 electric shocks of 300 kV using an electric shock loading device. A diaphragmless shock tube was used to produce 3 and 6 compressed air shocks of Mach number 2.12 to treat the coal and Iron ore samples. Microscopic, comminution and liberation studies were carried out to compare the effectiveness of these approaches. It was found that electric shock loading can comminute the coal samples more effectively and increases the yield of carbon by 40% at 1.6 gm/cc density over the untreated coal samples. Mechanical shock loading showed improved milling performance for both the materials and 12.90% and 8.1% reduction in the D-80 of the particles was observed during grinding for treated samples of coal and iron, respectively. Liberation of minerals in BHJ Iron ore was found unaffected due to low intensity of the mechanical shock waves and non conductivity of minerals. Compressed air based shock loading is easier to operate than electrical shock loading and it needs to be explored further to improve the energy efficacy of comminution. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Keywords: Electrical shocks; Mechanical shock; Coal; BHJ Iron ore; Pretreatment
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering (Formerly, Aeronautical Engineering)
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2015 14:44
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2015 14:44
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/50774

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