Laboratory simulation of a closed-circuit grind for a heterogeneous ore

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 72, No. 803, 1979

J. A. FINCH, R. KITCHING and K. S. ROBERTSON, Department of Mining & Metallurgical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

Samples of feed and product from a closed grinding circuit treating a heterogeneous lead-zinc ore were taken. The feed was subjected to laboratory batch grinding in a rod and ball mill with the objective of simulating the closed-circuit size distribution. It was concluded that the batch rod mill can closely simulate this product if only the over-all size is considered, but mineral-by-mineral large differences occur. If, as is suspected, the mineral sizes are the important factor in flotation, the differences could lead to problems in interpreting flotation results. An example of mineral recovery as a function of size is described to illustrate the potential problems.
Keywords: Simulation, Grinding, Closed-circuit grinding, Mineral processing, Lead-zinc ores, Rod mills, Ball mills, Flotation.