Selection Of Rod Mills, Ball Mills, Pebble Mills And Regrind Mills

Rowland, Chester A.
Organization: The American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers
Pages: 46
Publication Date: Jan 1, 1982
INTRODUCTION Comminution is generally a feed preparation step for subsequent processing stages; exceptions being when a final product such as aggregates, specification sand, Portland Cement, and similar products is produced. Grinding, the fine product phase of comminution, requires a large capital investment and frequently is the area of maximum usage of power and wear resistant materials. Grinding is most frequently done in rotating drums utilizing loose grinding media, lifted by the rotation of the drum, to break the ores in various combinations of impact, attrition and abrasion to produce the specified product. Grinding media can be the ore itself (autogenous grinding -- primary and secondary), natural or manufactured non-metallic media (pebble milling) or manufactured metallic media -- steel rods, steel or iron balls. This chapter will discuss general mill design and the specific design and application of the following types of tumbling grinding mills. [Overflow Rod Mills Figure 1 Peripheral Discharge Rod Mills Figures 2 and 3 Compartment Mills Rod and Ball Figure 6 Ball Figure 6a Pebble Mill Figure 6b Overflow Ball Mills Figure 8 Diaphragm (Grate Discharge) Ball Mills Figure 9] I. GENERAL MILL DESIGN A. Liners The interior surface of grinding mills exposed to grinding media and/or the material being ground are protected from wear and corrosion by rubber, metallic, a combination of rubber and metallic, or non-metallic wear resistant materials. B. Drives Economics at the time of plant design and mill purchase determine the drive to be used. The simplest drive is the low speed synchronous motor with speeds in the range of 150 to 250 RPM connected to the mill pinion-shaft by either an air clutch or flexible coupling.
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