The interrelationship between Bond and Hardgrove grindabilities

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 73, No. 818, 1980

A. MclNTYRE and LR. PLITT, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

Both the Bond and the Hardgrove grindability tests are widely used in the mineral industry to measure the ease of the comminution displayed by a material. The Hardgrove test is mainly used for coals, whereas the Bond grindability test is mainly applied to hardrock minerals. The Bond grindability has the advantage that it can be empirically related to the energy required for comminution (work index), whereas the Hardgrove grindability test has the advantage of being easier to perform. In an effort to establish a valid correlation between work index and Hardgrove grindability, a series of parallel grindability tests were carried out on a wide variety of rocks and minerals. The standard Hardgrove test was modified to allow for materials with a higher density than coal. A new, satisfactory relationship was established which permits rapid estimation of work index from Hardgrove test data.
Keywords: Materials engineering, Grindabilities, Bond test, Hard-grove test, Ball mills, Work index.