The energy-size reduction relationship was the dominant form of mathematical model used in the description of tumbling mill grinding processes. Typically, in these models some single measure of product fineness (e.g. the 80% passing size, the size modules, the specific surface area) is chosen as the dependent variable and the energy input per unit mass of material being ground acts as the independent variable. In some instances these models have been useful for the correlation of experimental data, but, invariably, they have been found to be inadequate for meaningful process simulation.
The data examined here is a composite of data collected in two separate studies designed to evaluate the influence of various mill operating variables on the kinetics of dry batch ball milling. In each of these studies the feed material was 7 x 9 mesh dolomite prepared by nipping large single crystals in a roll crusher. Since there were small differences in the fragmentation characteristics of the two batches of feed used in these studies the two data sets associated with these feeds will be distinguished by referring to them as BATCH 1 data and BATCH 2 data in the text.
The range of mill operating conditions considered in this paper is confined to that, for which the kinetics of breakage have been found to be linear to a good approximation. In terms of dimensionless mill speed, N, ball load, MB, and particle load, Mp, this range is as follows:
The extent to which the normalized model is useful for simulation is best evaluated by testing its predictive capability using available experimental data. This entails finding the best fit values of the model constants from a certain small portion of the available data and then using these values in the model to predict the product size distribution for experimental conditions which differ significantly from those used to estimate the model constants.
Because of the difference in breakage functions observed for the two feed materials being examined here, the BATCH 1 and BATCH 2 data sets were treated separately. In each case the average values of the breakage functions. The reduced selection functions for each feed material were estimated from size distribution data obtained for two experimental grinding times (60 and 200 revolutions for Batch 1, 1 and 4 minutes for Batch 2) from each of the mill operating conditions listed.
Having obtained estimates of the constants in the reduced model. The model predictions and experimental observations obtained for the two batches of data are shown. It has been shown that for the dry ball milling of dolomite the following approximations apply over technologically important ranges of mill operating variables:
These approximations gave rise to a form of the batch grinding model in which the kinetics of breakage for different mill operating conditions are normalized with respect to the specific energy input to the mill. This normalized model was shown to provide relatively accurate predictions of batch grinding behavior over a wide range of mill speeds, ball loads and particle loads. The findings presented here have been completely empirical in origin. The original correlation between the kinetics of feed disappearance and the specific energy input. Although quasi-theoretical arguments can be made to justify the normalized model, a rigorous theoretical analysis of this phenomenon is, at the present time, precluded by our lack of understanding of the complex stress application environment which exists in a tumbling mill.
If the generality of the approximations identified here is borne out by experimentation in other mill-material systems, the engineering implications could be far reaching. The ability to predict the changes in model parameters which will result from the manipulation of mill operating variables would be a definite asset in certain types of automatic control applications.
Everything we make use of in our day to day activities passes through a milling process. Cement used in building, the cereals we eat, toiletries, paints used in making our house presentable, and the tiles that beautifies the house we live in, all went through a milling process. A ball mill is a grinder which is used to grind, blend and mix materials like chemicals, ores, pyrotechnics, paints, mineral dressing process, paint and ceramic raw materials. Its working principle is impact and attrition. Ball milling have proved to be effective in increasing solid-state chemical reactivity and production of amorphous materials. Milling operations are carried out either wet or dry.
Power The difference between the result gotten from using wet and dry milling are most of the time very large. This difference is attributed to the power. The power to drive a wet ball mill is said to be 30% lesser than that of a similar dry ball mill.
Nature Of Materials In the production of some products both wet ball and dry ball milling processes are required. The grinding of the raw mix in a cement plant, can be carried out either wet or dry but because of the nature of the cement can, grinding it has to be carried out dry.
Quality The quality expected will be the determinant of which ball milling process to be used. For example, if pyrotechnic materials is grounded dry, it gives a product superior characteristics compared to the one which was grounded wet. The grinding of aluminium for the preparation of paint is most of the time carried out using a wet milling process since the method introduces stearic acid, or other antiflocculent
Environment The advantages Wet ball milling has over dry milling are higher energy efficiency, lower magnitude of excess enthalpy, better heat dissipation and absence of dust formation because of the aqueous environment it is being performed.
Introduction Of Active Surface Media Wet ball milling allows easy introduction of surface active media having to do with the reduction of the required energy for the inhibition of aggregation of fine particles. Due to wide adoption, it is only theoretically possible to introduce such material or substance in gaseous or vapour form into dry ball milling. The only practicable method of introducing substance in gaseous form is wet ball milling.
Cost In the production of ethanol, wet ball milling is the process used, because of its versatile process. It produces more products than dry ball milling, but in terms of efficiency, capital, and operating cost, most ethanol plants in the USA prefer to use dry ball milling process. In other words, dry ball milling is cost efficient in ethanol production than wet ball milling. With the above, you should be able to weigh which of the ball milling process is appropriate and cost efficient for your production needs.
Dry ball mill is a grinding equipment that uses dry ball milling process to grind materials. Different from the wet ball mill, the dry ball mill does not need to add water when performing the grinding operation, only relying on the impact and crushing effect of the grinding media on the material to grind the material.
The finished material of the dry grinding ball mill is dry powder, no moisture content, no need for air drying, especially suitable for grinding products that require the final product to be stored and sold in the form of grinding.
The dry ball mill machine adopts grate plate mill tail discharge and straight barrel outlet discharge. The discharge is smooth without swelling grinding. The cylinder does not require cooling, has a long service life and a low failure rate.
Because the dry ball milling process is dry in and dry out, the raw materials are moisture-free materials, and the discharge is also dry grinding, so there will be floating dust during the production process. In order to avoid environmental pollution, in the production process, it is necessary to add auxiliary equipment such as induced draft device, dust discharge pipe, dust remover, etc.
In the process of grinding materials, only steel balls and other grinding media are in contact with the materials, so the change of properties of some materials with unstable chemical and physical properties is avoided. For the mineral processing plant or cement plant located in arid and water-scarce areas, water resources are relatively scarce, and the use of dry ball mill does not require water to participate, which is more cost-effective.
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The work was supported by the National Program on Key Basic Research Project (973 Program, no. 2011CB933700), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51172247, 50773086), and the Chinese Academy of Sciences Visiting Professorships. We thank H.X. Yao (Beijing University of Chemical Technology) for assistance in TEM and J.Y. Fang (Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences) for assistance in AFM.