ball milling

ball milling

A method of grinding particles in ceramic powders and slurries. A porcelain vessel filled with porcelain pebbles tumbles and particles are ground between colliding pebbles. Details A device used to reduce the particle size of materials, bodies or glazes. A ball mill is simply a container that is filled with pebbles (either of porcelain or stones e.g. Flint) into which a charge (powder or slurry) is put and that is then mechanically rotated to cause the tumbling pebbles to crush particles that happen between them. Ball mills can be continuous or periodic, they can be small or gigantic, low speed or high speed, rotated or vibrated or both. For maximum efficiency a ball mill should be made of, or lined with, a porcelain or other very hard surface (so grinding also occurs between the wall and the balls), the balls should be of a range of sizes (to maximize points of contact), the mill should have the correct quantity of balls, the slurry should be the right viscosity and the charge should be an optimal amount (over charging reduces efficiency). Various compromises are often made (for example rubber lined mills to reduce wear and noise). Large manufacturers hire ball mix supervisors, operators and mechanics. Technicians occupy themselves with getting a consistent and predictable product (surface area and particle size distribution), they employ mathematical formulas to determine the amount of balls needed, distribution of ball sizes and other operating parameters like duration and speed. They are wary of grinding products as mixes, it is often better to mill hard and soft powders separately and combine them later. Engineers typically use surface area measurement instrumentation to evaluate mill efficiency. Ball mills can reduce particles to the nano sizes, the process is very important in creating powders used in hi-tech industries (e.g. alumina). Ball mills are slow compared to other methods of grinding, it could take hours, for example, to grind all the particles in a clay to minus 200 mesh. Industrial mills seeking nano-sizes might run 24 hours or more! Ball milling is normally done in consort with wet screening and/or roller-milling/air floating, for example, so that large particles have already been removed by the time the material reaches the ball mill. Air floating can also be done in consort with dust ball milling. The milling process can also reduce particle sizes by too much for an application, so a means of measuring the distribution of ultimate particles is important to be able to set the parameters for the process. A clay body that has been ball milled will be more plastic, potentially much more plastic. Ball milling of the body or selected body materials will reduce or eliminate many types of fired glaze imperfections (especially specking, blistering and pin-holing). That being said and as already noted, iron particulates are best removed before milling). Milling a glaze will produce a cleaner fired result with less imperfections. Materials deliver their chemistry to the glaze melt only if their particles dissolve in the melt. But some glaze materials are refractory and resistant to dissolving (e.g. silica, alumina). When silica does not completely dissolve in a transparent glaze it will fire cloudy and its actual thermal expansion will be higher than it would otherwise be. By ball milling silica to very small particle sizes all the particles dissolve, producing a much better fired product. Milling of slurries presents less technical challenges than dust milling. We have found that thicker creamy slurries mill better than watery ones. A simple ball mill can be constructed by almost anyone, but obtaining the hard pebbles with the correct range of sizes for inside the mill can be challenge (they are expensive). Related Information How long do you need to ball mill a glaze? You can measure to see. How? Wash a measured amount through a 200 mesh screen and note the amount of residue. These two show the oversize on a 200 mesh screen of 100 grams of glaze slurry. On the left: Unmilled. On the right: Milled 1 hour. Clearly it needs more than 1 hour in this mill. A factor here is the high percentage of silica in this recipe. And the fact that US Silica #95 rather than #45 was used. DIY wheel mount ball mill rack Courtesy of Lawrence Weathers Ball mill jar and rack made by @andygravesstructures Make your own ball mill rack - Front side Possible to grind your own ceramic grade rutile? Yes, the granular and powdered grades are the same material. But grinding it is very difficult. Commercial ceramic grade powder is minus 325 mesh, the companies doing this obviously have very good grinding equipment. They also have patience because even in this efficient porcelain ball mill, 90 minutes was only enough to get 50% to minus 325 mesh! The color of the powder is a good indication of its quality, the finer the grind the lighter will be the tan coloration. Particle size drastically affects drying performance These DFAC testers compare the drying performance of Plainsman A2 ball clay at 10 mesh (left) and ball milled (right). This test dries a flat disk that has the center section covered to delay its progress in comparison to the outer section (thus setting up stresses). Finer particle sizes greatly increase shrinkage and this increases the number of cracks and the cracking pattern of this specimen. Notice it has also increased the amount of soluble salts that have concentrated between the two zones, more is dissolving because of the increased particle surface area. Can we ball mill a clay and make it more colloidal? Yes. This 1000 ml 24 hour sedimentation test compares Plainsman A2 ball clay ground to 10 mesh (left) with that same material ball milled for an hour (right). The 10 mesh designation is a little misleading, those are agglomerates. When it is put into water many of those particles break down releasing the ultimates and it does suspend fairly well. But after 24 hours, not only has it settled completely from the upper section but there is a heavy sediment on the bottom. But with the milled material it has only settled slightly and there is no sediment on the bottom. Clearly, using an industrial attrition ball mill this material could be made completely colloidal. 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A device used to reduce the particle size of materials, bodies or glazes. A ball mill is simply a container that is filled with pebbles (either of porcelain or stones e.g. Flint) into which a charge (powder or slurry) is put and that is then mechanically rotated to cause the tumbling pebbles to crush particles that happen between them. Ball mills can be continuous or periodic, they can be small or gigantic, low speed or high speed, rotated or vibrated or both. For maximum efficiency a ball mill should be made of, or lined with, a porcelain or other very hard surface (so grinding also occurs between the wall and the balls), the balls should be of a range of sizes (to maximize points of contact), the mill should have the correct quantity of balls, the slurry should be the right viscosity and the charge should be an optimal amount (over charging reduces efficiency). Various compromises are often made (for example rubber lined mills to reduce wear and noise). Large manufacturers hire ball mix supervisors, operators and mechanics. Technicians occupy themselves with getting a consistent and predictable product (surface area and particle size distribution), they employ mathematical formulas to determine the amount of balls needed, distribution of ball sizes and other operating parameters like duration and speed. They are wary of grinding products as mixes, it is often better to mill hard and soft powders separately and combine them later. Engineers typically use surface area measurement instrumentation to evaluate mill efficiency. Ball mills can reduce particles to the nano sizes, the process is very important in creating powders used in hi-tech industries (e.g. alumina). Ball mills are slow compared to other methods of grinding, it could take hours, for example, to grind all the particles in a clay to minus 200 mesh. Industrial mills seeking nano-sizes might run 24 hours or more! Ball milling is normally done in consort with wet screening and/or roller-milling/air floating, for example, so that large particles have already been removed by the time the material reaches the ball mill. Air floating can also be done in consort with dust ball milling. The milling process can also reduce particle sizes by too much for an application, so a means of measuring the distribution of ultimate particles is important to be able to set the parameters for the process. A clay body that has been ball milled will be more plastic, potentially much more plastic. Ball milling of the body or selected body materials will reduce or eliminate many types of fired glaze imperfections (especially specking, blistering and pin-holing). That being said and as already noted, iron particulates are best removed before milling). Milling a glaze will produce a cleaner fired result with less imperfections. Materials deliver their chemistry to the glaze melt only if their particles dissolve in the melt. But some glaze materials are refractory and resistant to dissolving (e.g. silica, alumina). When silica does not completely dissolve in a transparent glaze it will fire cloudy and its actual thermal expansion will be higher than it would otherwise be. By ball milling silica to very small particle sizes all the particles dissolve, producing a much better fired product. Milling of slurries presents less technical challenges than dust milling. We have found that thicker creamy slurries mill better than watery ones. A simple ball mill can be constructed by almost anyone, but obtaining the hard pebbles with the correct range of sizes for inside the mill can be challenge (they are expensive).

You can measure to see. How? Wash a measured amount through a 200 mesh screen and note the amount of residue. These two show the oversize on a 200 mesh screen of 100 grams of glaze slurry. On the left: Unmilled. On the right: Milled 1 hour. Clearly it needs more than 1 hour in this mill. A factor here is the high percentage of silica in this recipe. And the fact that US Silica #95 rather than #45 was used.

Yes, the granular and powdered grades are the same material. But grinding it is very difficult. Commercial ceramic grade powder is minus 325 mesh, the companies doing this obviously have very good grinding equipment. They also have patience because even in this efficient porcelain ball mill, 90 minutes was only enough to get 50% to minus 325 mesh! The color of the powder is a good indication of its quality, the finer the grind the lighter will be the tan coloration.

These DFAC testers compare the drying performance of Plainsman A2 ball clay at 10 mesh (left) and ball milled (right). This test dries a flat disk that has the center section covered to delay its progress in comparison to the outer section (thus setting up stresses). Finer particle sizes greatly increase shrinkage and this increases the number of cracks and the cracking pattern of this specimen. Notice it has also increased the amount of soluble salts that have concentrated between the two zones, more is dissolving because of the increased particle surface area.

This 1000 ml 24 hour sedimentation test compares Plainsman A2 ball clay ground to 10 mesh (left) with that same material ball milled for an hour (right). The 10 mesh designation is a little misleading, those are agglomerates. When it is put into water many of those particles break down releasing the ultimates and it does suspend fairly well. But after 24 hours, not only has it settled completely from the upper section but there is a heavy sediment on the bottom. But with the milled material it has only settled slightly and there is no sediment on the bottom. Clearly, using an industrial attrition ball mill this material could be made completely colloidal.

make a ball mill in 5 minutes : 4 steps - instructables

make a ball mill in 5 minutes : 4 steps - instructables

This is for all the pyro nuts that I came across on Instructables. This can be used to grind chemicals to a very fine grain or to polish rocks.Wiki says "A ball mill is a type of grinder used to grind materials into extremely fine powder for use in paints, pyrotechnics, and ceramics."Many instructables refer to United Nuclear Ball Mills. Their small ball mill cost between $70 and $80 dollars.For no more than $30 and in 5 minute you can build a ball mill of appreciable performance.Check out my other Instructables:MAKE A HIGH VOLTAGE SUPPLY IN 5 MINUTESHack The Spy Ear and Learn to Reverse Engineer a CircuitSuper Easy E-mail Encryption Using Gmail, Firefox and WindowsMake a Rechargeable Dual Voltage Power Supply for Electronic ProjectsMake a Voltage Controlled Resistor and Use ItSODA CAN HYDROGEN GENERATOR

You need 1. A rugged container (You can use PVC pipes or big plastic bottles) 2. An electric screwdriver (these are fairly cheap, I got mine for $10) 3. A bolt, a nut and maybe a washer. 4. Epoxy putty. 5. Steel or lead balls which in my case I substituted with screwdriver bits that I got for $3. 6. A vise clamp to hold down your ball mill.

This is the most important step. The joint holding the the container and electric screwdriver should be strong and able to hold the weight of the assembly. Put a little putty on the bolt first. Insert the bolt into the screwdriver's bit holder. Cover the whole joint with putty. The more putty the better the ball mill stays together.

Fill the container with the screwdriver bits or with steel balls or lead balls. Add the chemical you need to grind. Close the container and clamp the whole assembly to a table top. I use a popsicle stick to hold the screwdriver button down. I jam it between the clam vise and electric screwdriver (see video). But that depends on your electric screwdriver.

Im interested in this mill to dispose of mercury by combining it with sulphur to make mercury sulphide (HgS).A test report done in EU says an hours milling is best so there is no elemental mercury left.And the mercury sulphide is insoluble and is the same substance that mercury is found in the Earth which is cinnabar.

I may well be able to find a power drill at a resale shop, or buy an inexpensive one for the purpose. Any feedback on how well a power drill motor will hold up to being run for 24 hours continuously? I plan to make paper machie. I want to make a very fine paper pulp. While I doubt this is flammable, I would like to hear any comments on this as well. Who'd a thought flour was explosive?

If you want fine paper pulp, you may wish to consider using a blender. Ball mills are typically only needed for moderately-to-very hard materials that need to be crushed to effectively split them, and which might damage a blender if used in it.

Instead of using an electric screw driver, you could use a drill and a drill bit. Just putty the drill bit (preferably an old one) to the bolt inside the container. Seems like it would be a more powerful ball mill. But I'm definitely going to try this idea. Seems like it would be cool to make some gun powder. There's some simple step-by-step instructions on Wiki How if you guys need some instructions.

I would stay away from lead if you are making gun powder. That smoke that surrounds black powder ignition is not good for you. Fine particles of lead suspended in that smoke would be hell on your lungs etc.. i use a tumbler to get crud off of coins taken from the sea. Beach sand won't work well with water to do the job. But the sand at the oceans edge which is coarse makes a great scrubbing agent. Maybe some aquarium gravel would work to reduce some objects in size. Commercial media is often hell to work with.

hmm... methinks you should support the container. lead balls are heavy and (I'm assuming most people will want to make gunpowder with this so they'll have to use only lead balls) the current setup is going to make the screwdriver wear a lot, and the bottom of the container isn't going to last very long... I like this idea though, I haven't found a suitable motor to drive my ball mill, they're all either too weak or they're way too fast.

I know this is quite literally 10 years late, but for other hobbyists, try supporting it with a screw on the other side like the design pictured. The back end's screw can go through a piece of wood, brick etc. at the same level as the screw driver, creating a healthy amount of support, for a vitamin bottle filled with lead Potassium Nitrate, Sulfur and Carbon.

OR, you could just attach a bolt into the cap like he did for the bottom. Make a triangular piece of wood. Drill a hole for the bolt to fit through. And find some way to support the piece of wood? Seems like it would work to me, could even make your own cradle to support everything for that matter :P I'd never use something like this so have no need to make one, but that would be my advice :D

how to size a ball mill -design calculator & formula

how to size a ball mill -design calculator & formula

A) Total Apparent Volumetric Charge Filling including balls and excess slurry on top of the ball charge, plus the interstitial voids in between the balls expressed as a percentage of the net internal mill volume (inside liners).

B) Overflow Discharge Mills operating at low ball fillings slurry may accumulate on top of the ball charge; causing, the Total Charge Filling Level to be higher than the Ball Filling Level. Grate Discharge mills will not face this issue.

C) This value represents the Volumetric Fractional Filling of the Voids in between the balls by the retained slurry in the mill charge. As defined, this value should never exceed 100%, but in some cases particularly in Grate Discharge Mills it could be lower than 100%. Note that this interstitial slurry does not include the overfilling slurry derived from the difference between the Charge and Ball Filling.

D) Represents the so-called Dynamic Angle of Repose (or Lift Angle) adopted during steady operation by the top surface of the mill charge (the kidney) with respect to the horizontal. A reasonable default value for this angle is 32, but may be easily tuned to specific applications against any available actual power data.

The first step in mill design is to determine the power needed to produce the desired grind in the chosen ore. The most used equation, for this purpose, is the empirical Bond equation (Bond, 1960, 1961; Rowland and Kjos, 1978).

In this equation, E is the specific energy required for the grind, and F80 and P80 are the sizes in micrometers that 80% of the weight passes of the mill feed and product respectively. The parameter Wi, known as the work index of the ore, is obtained from batch bench tests first devised by Bond (1961). The power calculated on using equation 1, (Bond, 1961; Rowland and Kjos, 1978), relates to:

1) Rod milling a rod mill with a diameter of 2.44 meters, inside new liners, grinding wet in open circuit. 2) Ball milling a ball mill with a diameter of 2.44 meters, inside new liners, grinding wet in open circuit.

When the grinding conditions differ from these specified conditions, efficiency factors (Rowland and Kjos, 1978) have to be used in conjunction with equation 1. In general, therefore, the required mill power is calculated using the following equation

where n is the number of efficiency factors, EFi, used and fo is the feed rate of new ore to the mill. The power calculated from equation 2 can be looked up in published tables (Rowland and Kjos, 1978) and the correct mill size and type can be selected.

The philosophy in the development of the MRRC grinding simulation package was to build interactive software that could be used as an inexpensive means of providing a semi-quantitative check on a grinding mill design. In addition the software is designed to slot in to a general mineral processing package now undergoing development at the MRRC.

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floor model knee mill conversion kit | microkinetics

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Preloaded Ball Nuts: Each ball nut is preloaded to eliminate lost motion. This stiffness provides faster response from a control command, allows heavier cuts and climb milling thus increasing productivity.

Available lengths for the X axis are: 36", 42", 48" and 54" (these refer to the table lengths). The Y axis selections are: 9", 12", and 16". Note that the Y axis length refers to the travel distance and not the table width.

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