Energy conservation in the comminution of industrial minerals

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 85, No. 958, 1992

T. Cienski, and D. Doyle, Mineral Science Laboratories, CANMET-EMR

This paper presents and discusses the results of a detailed study conducted on the subject of energy consumption in the comminution of industrial minerals. The study was based on pilot circuit testing, plant operating data collection, detailed equipment data and literature research. The areas covered by investigations include: high efficiency classification; air classifiers for cement grinding circuits; grinding aids in dry grinding; and dry grinding circuit control based on particle size measurement. Results obtained indicate a large potential for the reduction of energy consumption, in particular in the cement clinker grinding circuits. Better classification techniques and correct application of grinding additives can significantly reduce power used per tonne of product and also substantially increase grinding circuit output.
Keywords: Industrial minerals, Comminution of industrial minerals, Energy consumption, Cement grinding circuits, Grinding circuit control, Grinding aids, Energy conservation.