Eliminating Rat Holes in Base Metal Concentrate Bins

CIM Bulletin, 1970

GERRY DOEKSEN, Supervisor, Process Engineering, Technical Services, Cominco Ltd., Trail, B.C.

The paper deals with three case studies: (a) the handling of wet concentrates (5 to 8 per cent moisture) through feed bins; (b) the handling of the same product in rail cars; and (c) the handling of dry concentrates (less than 0.5 per cent moisture) through feed bins. In each case, the paper discusses the problems of rat-holing. In each of cases (a) and (c), there is a discussion on the consequent extreme variations of feed rates coming from the feeders, making automation of process control difficult to impossible. Currently available bin-flow theory and flow property tests are used as aids in redesigning the bins. The paper concludes wfth illustrations of the final results after the redesigned hoppers were installed and tested. There is also a discussion on the advantages of the new mass-flow bins on adjacent feeder performance.
Keywords: angle of repose, feeder, ff 1, hopper car, zinc, Capacity, Concentrate, Concentrates, Design, Feeders, flow, Lead concentrate, Lead concentrates, Materials