The Planetary Micro Mill PULVERISETTE 7 premium line with 2 grinding stations is designed for a broad range of applications and ideally suited for loss-free grinding down to a final fineness of 100 nm of hard, medium-hard and brittle materials. Depending on the desired final fineness, the grinding can be performed dry, in suspension or in inert gas.In addition to comminution, you can also use Planetary Mills for mixing and homogenising emulsions and pastes or for mechanical activation and alloying in materials research.
The comminution takes place primarily through the high-energy impact of grinding balls and partially through friction between grinding balls and the grinding bowl wall. To achieve this, the grinding bowl, containing the material to be ground and grinding balls, rotates around its own axis on a main disk rotating in the opposite direction. At a certain speed, the centrifugal force causes the ground sample material and grinding balls to bounce off the inner wall of the grinding bowl, cross the bowl diagonally at an extremely high speed and impact the material to be ground on the opposite wall of the bowl.Due to sunken grinding bowls, the high-performance Planetary Micro Mill PULVERISETTE 7 premium line reaches unprecedented relative rotational speeds of the grinding of up to 2,200 rpm and centrifugal accelerations of 95 times the force of gravity. Thereby is the application of energy approximately 150 % above that of conventional Planetary Mills. For ultra-fine grinding results down into the nano range in shorter times. Your advantage: the shortest grinding times down to any desired fineness, even into the nano range.
The sunken bowls with SelfLOCK Technology form a single unit with the lid no additional tensioning, no incorrect operation! The bowls are simply placed in the mill, where they position themselves and snap securely into place. The grinding chamber of the premium line opens and closes automatically and independently rotates the bowl mountings into a convenient position for handling. Removal and opening of the bowls are also performed with just two motions. For easy cleaning even the milling chamber cover can be completely removed.
The software MillControl enables the automatic control of the Planetary Micro Mill PULVERISETTE 7 premium line and validation of the grinding process. The actual rotational speed and power consumption are checked and documented. By using two EASY GTM-bowls with special lid and transmitter you transform your PULVERISETTE 7 premium line into an analytical measuring system for monitoring pressure and temperature during the grinding process.
The Planetary Micro Mill PULVERISETTE 7 premium line operates with two grinding bowls in the sizes 20 ml, 45 ml or 80 ml, which turn with a transmission ratio of 1 : 2 relative to the main disk. To achieve the best grinding results and for direct prevention of contamination of the samples due to undesired abrasion, all grinding bowls and balls are available in6 different materials. For grinding in inert gas and for mechanical activation and alloying premium line gassing lids are recommended quickly and safely. For grinding in suspension, we offer an Emptying Device for a quick and easy separation of the grinding balls and suspension.
Mixing two samples with a FRITSCH Planetary Mill Learn more about mixing white aluminum oxide and red pigments in an 80 ml agate grinding bowl with approx. 250 agate grinding balls 5 mm dia. in less than 90 seconds. more information Milling tests with the Fritsch Planetary Ball Mill Our application consultant Diels Ding, German Centre Singapore, comminutes mineral fertilizer down to nanoparticles. more information Rock, Paper, Scissors: Ways that Milling and Sample Prep Affect Our Everyday Lives Find out what the childrens game Rock, Paper, Scissors has to do with the science of milling and sample preparation. more information Micromilling of uniform nanoparticles Fritsch micromills have enhanced one NASA labs ability to develop optimized ceramic nanoparticulate materials for demanding research projects, including energy storage and thermoelectric device applications, written by Curtis W. Hill und Lee Allen, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. more information Influence of properties of grinding bowls in the planetary system A clean and constant wear on the inner grinding bowl surface is a question of the amount of grinding balls and size, material amount and size (coarse or fine), the grinding condition like wet or dry grinding, the grinding duration and the adjusted rotations of the planetary system. more information From Boulder to Nano-Particles Medium-hard to hard materials with edge lengths up to 95 mm can be pre-crushed with the FRITSCH Jaw Crusher PULVERISETTE 1 so an additional fine comminution with many FRITSCH mills is possible. more information Creation of Nano-Powders FRITSCH GmbH successfully launched and established the new planetary ball mill PULVERISETTE 7 premium line. With this comminution concept FRITSCH considers customer needs wanting to comminute small samples up into the nano-range (1nm = 10-9m). more information The Quantum Leap into the Nano Class Planetary ball mills have long been a popular tool for the finest comminution of powders down to the micrometer range. In many industry segments, however, this is no longer sufficient. Demand now exists for the creation of nano particles (1nm = 10-9m). more information Planetary Ball Mills as an instrument in mechanochemistry One of the most significant fields of application for FRITSCH Planetary Mills is mechanochemistry. This subject is in theory, as well as in practice very wide-ranging and versatile. In the article you will find summarized information about history, functionality and the fields of application of mechanochemistry. more information Speed-up your synthesis lab: Planetary Ball Mills as a tool in organic synthesis Global problems such as energy and raw material shortages are also an important matter for organic synthesis laboratories. New methods and improved synthetic strategies are developed by the Institute for Technical Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry in Jena with Planetary Mills. more information Characteristics of sand and criteria for its comminution Sand is a common unconsolidated sedimentary rock. The mineral composition varies. The analytical evaluation of the chemical composition and therefore the aptness for the intended uses make the comminution of quartz sand a prerequisite. With FRITSCH instruments, the tracking and optimization of the comminution processes can be excellently accomplished. more information Grinding teas herbal tea, black tea or green tea An efficient sample preparation for fast, reliable and reproducible analyses results is becoming nowadays increasingly more important. Especially in the food industry is an exact sample preparation as a prerequisite for fine analyses essential, in order to be able to comply with specified limit and tolerance values. more information Vanadium a metal with unlimited fields of application Vanadium a transition metal with special potential. An interesting topic which for example is broadened through the possible uses of vanadium in the energy transition. In this article, the material properties of vanadium are discussed and the sample preparation described. more information Comminution of Pills The determination of substances contained in tablets after the production process is mandated according to the analytical rules of the German and European Pharmacopoeia. These rules include an analysis in regards to quality, effectiveness and safety of all contained active components and auxiliary materials. more information
PBM-04 planetary ball mill is a compact, easy-to-use, and lubrication-free laboratory planetary ball mill for mixing, homogenizing, fine grinding, mechanical alloying, cell disruption, small sample preparing, new product development and small volume high-tech material production. The systems features lubrication free, small volume, high efficiency, low noise and quick clamp. When using vacuum jars, samples can be processed in a vacuum or inert gas environment. The system can be used to smash and blend various products of different materials and granularity with dry or wet methods. The PBM-04 is widely applied in the fields of Geology, Mining, Metallurgy, Electronics, Construction Material, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Medicine, Environmental Protection etc.Free sample testing may be provided upon request.
This product is manufactured in Canada according to US and Canada standard (110V/60Hz) with strict quality control (220V/50HZ available upon request). Free shipping from Canada for US and Canada. Custom clearance and duties are included in the price when applicable.
- Capable of grinding materials in vacuum or inert gas environment with SS jars or SS grinding jacket- Self-lubricating gears enable a vibration free, low noise, and lubrication free system- Ideal for wet or dry grinding application- Automatic and programmable control with LED display- Multiple grinding modes built in- High uniformity and excellent repeatability- High rotational speed, high efficiency and fine granularity- Four samples with different sizes and materials in one experiment- Programmable interval and pause times- Stepless speed regulation, for both clockwise and counter clockwise rotation- Leak-proof jars for wet grinding- Large range of materials available for grinding media- Gear-drive offers an effective solutions to problems caused by belt driving, such as belt creep and belt abrasion- Cooling of the grinding chamber with a built-in fan for long grinding times- Safety switch ensures automatic shut down if cover is opened during operation
- Geology and Mineralogy: rock, gravel, sand, and minerals- Ceramics: porcelain, sintered ceramics, clay, and fireclay- Chemistry: pesticides, fertilizers, salts, inorganic and organic materials- Biology: plants, leaves, freeze-dried samples- Pharmaceuticals: ophthalmological agents, gels, creams, extracts, drugs, pastes, dragee, tablets- Metallurgy: ores, sintering - Material technology: pigments, precious materials, new materials, alloys, mechanical alloying and activating- Analysis preparation: Spectroscopy, X-ray fluorescence, X-ray structure analysis, chromatography
The PBM-04 planetary ball mills have four grinding stations rotating around a sunwheel. When the sunwheel rotates, the station axis makes planetary rotation in opposite directions and the balls in the jars are subject to superimposed rotational movements. The speed difference between the grind balls and the grinding jars produces high-energy impacts, which are used to comminute the material samples. Minimum granularity of the final product can be as small as 0.1 micron.
Included in the package are a 110V/60HZ (220V/50HZ available upon request) 4x100ml planetary ball mill, 4 jar clamping device, a stainless steel sieve, rubber jar cushion or Nylon jar seat for smaller jars, a spare motor belt, a set of hex L-key, a spare cap screw, a spare fuse, a US or European standard power cord, and an operation manual. The grinding jars and balls are not included in the package. For ordering the grinding jars and balls combo, please click here.
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1. How to Select the Right Grinding Jars and Balls? Selection of the materials of the grinding jars and balls mainly depends on the sample materials. Rule of thumb, the material of jars and/or balls must be harder than the sample material. Otherwise, it is actually the jars and balls which will be ground by the samples in the grinding process. As a result, the material of the jars and balls will become contamination in your sample materials.
In order to make the grinding process more efficient and obtain samples with less contamination, there are many other factors to be considered, such as density of the materials of the grinding jars and balls, energy input, rotation speed, brittleness of the sample material, and temperature in the jar during grinding et al. Please refer to the following table may help you in understanding the process in more detail. For any other questions or concerns in your specific grinding process, Please contact us to discuss in more details.Please click here fora wide variety of grinding jars and balls available in stock.
The numbers of grinding balls are optimized based on many users' experiences and are for references only. Minor adjustment may be necessary in terms of the nature of milling materials, total volume of material and balls, required fineness, and other factors for your applications.
A ball mill is a type of grinder used to grind and blend bulk material into QDs/nanosize using different sized balls. The working principle is simple; impact and attrition size reduction take place as the ball drops from near the top of a rotating hollow cylindrical shell. The nanostructure size can be varied by varying the number and size of balls, the material used for the balls, the material used for the surface of the cylinder, the rotation speed, and the choice of material to be milled. Ball mills are commonly used for crushing and grinding the materials into an extremely fine form. The ball mill contains a hollow cylindrical shell that rotates about its axis. This cylinder is filled with balls that are made of stainless steel or rubber to the material contained in it. Ball mills are classified as attritor, horizontal, planetary, high energy, or shaker.
Grinding elements in ball mills travel at different velocities. Therefore, collision force, direction and kinetic energy between two or more elements vary greatly within the ball charge. Frictional wear or rubbing forces act on the particles, as well as collision energy. These forces are derived from the rotational motion of the balls and movement of particles within the mill and contact zones of colliding balls.
By rotation of the mill body, due to friction between mill wall and balls, the latter rise in the direction of rotation till a helix angle does not exceed the angle of repose, whereupon, the balls roll down. Increasing of rotation rate leads to growth of the centrifugal force and the helix angle increases, correspondingly, till the component of weight strength of balls become larger than the centrifugal force. From this moment the balls are beginning to fall down, describing during falling certain parabolic curves (Figure 2.7). With the further increase of rotation rate, the centrifugal force may become so large that balls will turn together with the mill body without falling down. The critical speed n (rpm) when the balls are attached to the wall due to centrifugation:
where Dm is the mill diameter in meters. The optimum rotational speed is usually set at 6580% of the critical speed. These data are approximate and may not be valid for metal particles that tend to agglomerate by welding.
The degree of filling the mill with balls also influences productivity of the mill and milling efficiency. With excessive filling, the rising balls collide with falling ones. Generally, filling the mill by balls must not exceed 3035% of its volume.
The mill productivity also depends on many other factors: physical-chemical properties of feed material, filling of the mill by balls and their sizes, armor surface shape, speed of rotation, milling fineness and timely moving off of ground product.
where b.ap is the apparent density of the balls; l is the degree of filling of the mill by balls; n is revolutions per minute; 1, and 2 are coefficients of efficiency of electric engine and drive, respectively.
A feature of ball mills is their high specific energy consumption; a mill filled with balls, working idle, consumes approximately as much energy as at full-scale capacity, i.e. during grinding of material. Therefore, it is most disadvantageous to use a ball mill at less than full capacity.
Grinding elements in ball mills travel at different velocities. Therefore, collision force, direction, and kinetic energy between two or more elements vary greatly within the ball charge. Frictional wear or rubbing forces act on the particles as well as collision energy. These forces are derived from the rotational motion of the balls and the movement of particles within the mill and contact zones of colliding balls.
By the rotation of the mill body, due to friction between the mill wall and balls, the latter rise in the direction of rotation until a helix angle does not exceed the angle of repose, whereupon the balls roll down. Increasing the rotation rate leads to the growth of the centrifugal force and the helix angle increases, correspondingly, until the component of the weight strength of balls becomes larger than the centrifugal force. From this moment, the balls are beginning to fall down, describing certain parabolic curves during the fall (Fig. 2.10).
With the further increase of rotation rate, the centrifugal force may become so large that balls will turn together with the mill body without falling down. The critical speed n (rpm) when the balls remain attached to the wall with the aid of centrifugal force is:
where Dm is the mill diameter in meters. The optimum rotational speed is usually set at 65%80% of the critical speed. These data are approximate and may not be valid for metal particles that tend to agglomerate by welding.
where db.max is the maximum size of the feed (mm), is the compression strength (MPa), E is the modulus of elasticity (MPa), b is the density of material of balls (kg/m3), and D is the inner diameter of the mill body (m).
The degree of filling the mill with balls also influences the productivity of the mill and milling efficiency. With excessive filling, the rising balls collide with falling ones. Generally, filling the mill by balls must not exceed 30%35% of its volume.
The productivity of ball mills depends on the drum diameter and the relation of drum diameter and length. The optimum ratio between length L and diameter D, L:D, is usually accepted in the range 1.561.64. The mill productivity also depends on many other factors, including the physical-chemical properties of the feed material, the filling of the mill by balls and their sizes, the armor surface shape, the speed of rotation, the milling fineness, and the timely moving off of the ground product.
where D is the drum diameter, L is the drum length, b.ap is the apparent density of the balls, is the degree of filling of the mill by balls, n is the revolutions per minute, and 1, and 2 are coefficients of efficiency of electric engine and drive, respectively.
A feature of ball mills is their high specific energy consumption. A mill filled with balls, working idle, consumes approximately as much energy as at full-scale capacity, that is, during the grinding of material. Therefore, it is most disadvantageous to use a ball mill at less than full capacity.
Milling time in tumbler mills is longer to accomplish the same level of blending achieved in the attrition or vibratory mill, but the overall productivity is substantially greater. Tumbler mills usually are used to pulverize or flake metals, using a grinding aid or lubricant to prevent cold welding agglomeration and to minimize oxidation .
Cylindrical Ball Mills differ usually in steel drum design (Fig. 2.11), which is lined inside by armor slabs that have dissimilar sizes and form a rough inside surface. Due to such juts, the impact force of falling balls is strengthened. The initial material is fed into the mill by a screw feeder located in a hollow trunnion; the ground product is discharged through the opposite hollow trunnion.
Cylindrical screen ball mills have a drum with spiral curved plates with longitudinal slits between them. The ground product passes into these slits and then through a cylindrical sieve and is discharged via the unloading funnel of the mill body.
Conical Ball Mills differ in mill body construction, which is composed of two cones and a short cylindrical part located between them (Fig. 2.12). Such a ball mill body is expedient because efficiency is appreciably increased. Peripheral velocity along the conical drum scales down in the direction from the cylindrical part to the discharge outlet; the helix angle of balls is decreased and, consequently, so is their kinetic energy. The size of the disintegrated particles also decreases as the discharge outlet is approached and the energy used decreases. In a conical mill, most big balls take up a position in the deeper, cylindrical part of the body; thus, the size of the balls scales down in the direction of the discharge outlet.
For emptying, the conical mill is installed with a slope from bearing to one. In wet grinding, emptying is realized by the decantation principle, that is, by means of unloading through one of two trunnions.
With dry grinding, these mills often work in a closed cycle. A scheme of the conical ball mill supplied with an air separator is shown in Fig. 2.13. Air is fed to the mill by means of a fan. Carried off by air currents, the product arrives at the air separator, from which the coarse particles are returned by gravity via a tube into the mill. The finished product is trapped in a cyclone while the air is returned in the fan.
The ball mill is a tumbling mill that uses steel balls as the grinding media. The length of the cylindrical shell is usually 11.5 times the shell diameter (Figure 8.11). The feed can be dry, with less than 3% moisture to minimize ball coating, or slurry containing 2040% water by weight. Ball mills are employed in either primary or secondary grinding applications. In primary applications, they receive their feed from crushers, and in secondary applications, they receive their feed from rod mills, AG mills, or SAG mills.
Ball mills are filled up to 40% with steel balls (with 3080mm diameter), which effectively grind the ore. The material that is to be ground fills the voids between the balls. The tumbling balls capture the particles in ball/ball or ball/liner events and load them to the point of fracture.
When hard pebbles rather than steel balls are used for the grinding media, the mills are known as pebble mills. As mentioned earlier, pebble mills are widely used in the North American taconite iron ore operations. Since the weight of pebbles per unit volume is 3555% of that of steel balls, and as the power input is directly proportional to the volume weight of the grinding medium, the power input and capacity of pebble mills are correspondingly lower. Thus, in a given grinding circuit, for a certain feed rate, a pebble mill would be much larger than a ball mill, with correspondingly a higher capital cost. However, the increase in capital cost is justified economically by a reduction in operating cost attributed to the elimination of steel grinding media.
In general, ball mills can be operated either wet or dry and are capable of producing products in the order of 100m. This represents reduction ratios of as great as 100. Very large tonnages can be ground with these ball mills because they are very effective material handling devices. Ball mills are rated by power rather than capacity. Today, the largest ball mill in operation is 8.53m diameter and 13.41m long with a corresponding motor power of 22MW (Toromocho, private communications).
Modern ball mills consist of two chambers separated by a diaphragm. In the first chamber the steel-alloy balls (also described as charge balls or media) are about 90mm diameter. The mill liners are designed to lift the media as the mill rotates, so the comminution process in the first chamber is dominated by crushing. In the second chamber the ball diameters are of smaller diameter, between 60 and 15mm. In this chamber the lining is typically a classifying lining which sorts the media so that ball size reduces towards the discharge end of the mill. Here, comminution takes place in the rolling point-contact zone between each charge ball. An example of a two chamber ball mill is illustrated in Fig. 2.22.15
Much of the energy consumed by a ball mill generates heat. Water is injected into the second chamber of the mill to provide evaporative cooling. Air flow through the mill is one medium for cement transport but also removes water vapour and makes some contribution to cooling.
Grinding is an energy intensive process and grinding more finely than necessary wastes energy. Cement consists of clinker, gypsum and other components mostly more easily ground than clinker. To minimise over-grinding modern ball mills are fitted with dynamic separators (otherwise described as classifiers or more simply as separators). The working principle is that cement is removed from the mill before over-grinding has taken place. The cement is then separated into a fine fraction, which meets finished product requirements, and a coarse fraction which is returned to mill inlet. Recirculation factor, that is, the ratio of mill throughput to fresh feed is up to three. Beyond this, efficiency gains are minimal.
For more than 50years vertical mills have been the mill of choice for grinding raw materials into raw meal. More recently they have become widely used for cement production. They have lower specific energy consumption than ball mills and the separator, as in raw mills, is integral with the mill body.
In the Loesche mill, Fig. 2.23,16 two pairs of rollers are used. In each pair the first, smaller diameter, roller stabilises the bed prior to grinding which takes place under the larger roller. Manufacturers use different technologies for bed stabilisation.
Comminution in ball mills and vertical mills differs fundamentally. In a ball mill, size reduction takes place by impact and attrition. In a vertical mill the bed of material is subject to such a high pressure that individual particles within the bed are fractured, even though the particles are very much smaller than the bed thickness.
Early issues with vertical mills, such as narrower PSD and modified cement hydration characteristics compared with ball mills, have been resolved. One modification has been to install a hot gas generator so the gas temperature is high enough to partially dehydrate the gypsum.
For many decades the two-compartment ball mill in closed circuit with a high-efficiency separator has been the mill of choice. In the last decade vertical mills have taken an increasing share of the cement milling market, not least because the specific power consumption of vertical mills is about 30% less than that of ball mills and for finely ground cement less still. The vertical mill has a proven track record in grinding blastfurnace slag, where it has the additional advantage of being a much more effective drier of wet feedstock than a ball mill.
The vertical mill is more complex but its installation is more compact. The relative installed capital costs tend to be site specific. Historically the installed cost has tended to be slightly higher for the vertical mill.
Special graph paper is used with lglg(1/R(x)) on the abscissa and lg(x) on the ordinate axes. The higher the value of n, the narrower the particle size distribution. The position parameter is the particle size with the highest mass density distribution, the peak of the mass density distribution curve.
Vertical mills tend to produce cement with a higher value of n. Values of n normally lie between 0.8 and 1.2, dependent particularly on cement fineness. The position parameter is, of course, lower for more finely ground cements.
Separator efficiency is defined as specific power consumption reduction of the mill open-to-closed-circuit with the actual separator, compared with specific power consumption reduction of the mill open-to-closed-circuit with an ideal separator.
As shown in Fig. 2.24, circulating factor is defined as mill mass flow, that is, fresh feed plus separator returns. The maximum power reduction arising from use of an ideal separator increases non-linearly with circulation factor and is dependent on Rf, normally based on residues in the interval 3245m. The value of the comminution index, W, is also a function of Rf. The finer the cement, the lower Rf and the greater the maximum power reduction. At C = 2 most of maximum power reduction is achieved, but beyond C = 3 there is very little further reduction.
Separator particle separation performance is assessed using the Tromp curve, a graph of percentage separator feed to rejects against particle size range. An example is shown in Fig. 2.25. Data required is the PSD of separator feed material and of rejects and finished product streams. The bypass and slope provide a measure of separator performance.
The particle size is plotted on a logarithmic scale on the ordinate axis. The percentage is plotted on the abscissa either on a linear (as shown here) or on a Gaussian scale. The advantage of using the Gaussian scale is that the two parts of the graph can be approximated by two straight lines.
The measurement of PSD of a sample of cement is carried out using laser-based methodologies. It requires a skilled operator to achieve consistent results. Agglomeration will vary dependent on whether grinding aid is used. Different laser analysis methods may not give the same results, so for comparative purposes the same method must be used.
The ball mill is a cylindrical drum (or cylindrical conical) turning around its horizontal axis. It is partially filled with grinding bodies: cast iron or steel balls, or even flint (silica) or porcelain bearings. Spaces between balls or bearings are occupied by the load to be milled.
Following drum rotation, balls or bearings rise by rolling along the cylindrical wall and descending again in a cascade or cataract from a certain height. The output is then milled between two grinding bodies.
Ball mills could operate dry or even process a water suspension (almost always for ores). Dry, it is fed through a chute or a screw through the units opening. In a wet path, a system of scoops that turn with the mill is used and it plunges into a stationary tank.
Mechanochemical synthesis involves high-energy milling techniques and is generally carried out under controlled atmospheres. Nanocomposite powders of oxide, nonoxide, and mixed oxide/nonoxide materials can be prepared using this method. The major drawbacks of this synthesis method are: (1) discrete nanoparticles in the finest size range cannot be prepared; and (2) contamination of the product by the milling media.
More or less any ceramic composite powder can be synthesized by mechanical mixing of the constituent phases. The main factors that determine the properties of the resultant nanocomposite products are the type of raw materials, purity, the particle size, size distribution, and degree of agglomeration. Maintaining purity of the powders is essential for avoiding the formation of a secondary phase during sintering. Wet ball or attrition milling techniques can be used for the synthesis of homogeneous powder mixture. Al2O3/SiC composites are widely prepared by this conventional powder mixing route by using ball milling . However, the disadvantage in the milling step is that it may induce certain pollution derived from the milling media.
In this mechanical method of production of nanomaterials, which works on the principle of impact, the size reduction is achieved through the impact caused when the balls drop from the top of the chamber containing the source material.
A ball mill consists of a hollow cylindrical chamber (Fig. 6.2) which rotates about a horizontal axis, and the chamber is partially filled with small balls made of steel, tungsten carbide, zirconia, agate, alumina, or silicon nitride having diameter generally 10mm. The inner surface area of the chamber is lined with an abrasion-resistant material like manganese, steel, or rubber. The magnet, placed outside the chamber, provides the pulling force to the grinding material, and by changing the magnetic force, the milling energy can be varied as desired. The ball milling process is carried out for approximately 100150h to obtain uniform-sized fine powder. In high-energy ball milling, vacuum or a specific gaseous atmosphere is maintained inside the chamber. High-energy mills are classified into attrition ball mills, planetary ball mills, vibrating ball mills, and low-energy tumbling mills. In high-energy ball milling, formation of ceramic nano-reinforcement by in situ reaction is possible.
It is an inexpensive and easy process which enables industrial scale productivity. As grinding is done in a closed chamber, dust, or contamination from the surroundings is avoided. This technique can be used to prepare dry as well as wet nanopowders. Composition of the grinding material can be varied as desired. Even though this method has several advantages, there are some disadvantages. The major disadvantage is that the shape of the produced nanoparticles is not regular. Moreover, energy consumption is relatively high, which reduces the production efficiency. This technique is suitable for the fabrication of several nanocomposites, which include Co- and Cu-based nanomaterials, Ni-NiO nanocomposites, and nanocomposites of Ti,C .
Planetary ball mill was used to synthesize iron nanoparticles. The synthesized nanoparticles were subjected to the characterization studies by X-ray diffraction (XRD), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques using a SIEMENS-D5000 diffractometer and Hitachi S-4800. For the synthesis of iron nanoparticles, commercial iron powder having particles size of 10m was used. The iron powder was subjected to planetary ball milling for various period of time. The optimum time period for the synthesis of nanoparticles was observed to be 10h because after that time period, chances of contamination inclined and the particles size became almost constant so the powder was ball milled for 10h to synthesize nanoparticles . Fig. 12 shows the SEM image of the iron nanoparticles.
The vibratory ball mill is another kind of high-energy ball mill that is used mainly for preparing amorphous alloys. The vials capacities in the vibratory mills are smaller (about 10 ml in volume) compared to the previous types of mills. In this mill, the charge of the powder and milling tools are agitated in three perpendicular directions (Fig. 1.6) at very high speed, as high as 1200 rpm.
Another type of the vibratory ball mill, which is used at the van der Waals-Zeeman Laboratory, consists of a stainless steel vial with a hardened steel bottom, and a single hardened steel ball of 6 cm in diameter (Fig. 1.7).
The mill is evacuated during milling to a pressure of 106 Torr, in order to avoid reactions with a gas atmosphere. Subsequently, this mill is suitable for mechanical alloying of some special systems that are highly reactive with the surrounding atmosphere, such as rare earth elements.
In spite of the traditional approaches used for gas-solid reaction at relatively high temperature, Calka etal. and El-Eskandarany etal. proposed a solid-state approach, the so-called reactive ball milling (RBM), used for preparations different families of meal nitrides and hydrides at ambient temperature. This mechanically induced gas-solid reaction can be successfully achieved, using either high- or low-energy ball-milling methods, as shown in Fig.9.5. However, high-energy ball mill is an efficient process for synthesizing nanocrystalline MgH2 powders using RBM technique, it may be difficult to scale up for matching the mass production required by industrial sector. Therefore, from a practical point of view, high-capacity low-energy milling, which can be easily scaled-up to produce large amount of MgH2 fine powders, may be more suitable for industrial mass production.
In both approaches but with different scale of time and milling efficiency, the starting Mg metal powders milled under hydrogen gas atmosphere are practicing to dramatic lattice imperfections such as twinning and dislocations. These defects are caused by plastics deformation coupled with shear and impact forces generated by the ball-milling media. The powders are, therefore, disintegrated into smaller particles with large surface area, where very clean or fresh oxygen-free active surfaces of the powders are created. Moreover, these defects, which are intensively located at the grain boundaries, lead to separate micro-scaled Mg grains into finer grains capable to getter hydrogen by the first atomically clean surfaces to form MgH2 nanopowders.
Fig.9.5 illustrates common lab scale procedure for preparing MgH2 powders, starting from pure Mg powders, using RBM via (1) high-energy and (2) low-energy ball milling. The starting material can be Mg-rods, in which they are processed via sever plastic deformation, using for example cold-rolling approach, as illustrated in Fig.9.5. The heavily deformed Mg-rods obtained after certain cold rolling passes can be snipped into small chips and then ball-milled under hydrogen gas to produce MgH2 powders.
Planetary ball mills are the most popular mills used in scientific research for synthesizing MgH2 nanopowders. In this type of mill, the ball-milling media have considerably high energy, because milling stock and balls come off the inner wall of the vial and the effective centrifugal force reaches up to 20 times gravitational acceleration. The centrifugal forces caused by the rotation of the supporting disc and autonomous turning of the vial act on the milling charge (balls and powders). Since the turning directions of the supporting disc and the vial are opposite, the centrifugal forces alternately are synchronized and opposite. Therefore, the milling media and the charged powders alternatively roll on the inner wall of the vial, and are lifted and thrown off across the bowl at high speed.
In the typical experimental procedure, a certain amount of the Mg (usually in the range between 3 and 10g based on the vials volume) is balanced inside an inert gas atmosphere (argon or helium) in a glove box and sealed together with certain number of balls (e.g., 2050 hardened steel balls) into a hardened steel vial (Fig.9.5A and B), using, for example, a gas-temperature-monitoring system (GST). With the GST system, it becomes possible to monitor the progress of the gas-solid reaction taking place during the RBM process, as shown in Fig.9.5C and D. The temperature and pressure changes in the system during milling can be also used to realize the completion of the reaction and the expected end product during the different stages of milling (Fig.9.5D). The ball-to-powder weight ratio is usually selected to be in the range between 10:1 and 50:1. The vial is then evacuated to the level of 103bar before introducing H2 gas to fill the vial with a pressure of 550bar (Fig.9.5B). The milling process is started by mounting the vial on a high-energy ball mill operated at ambient temperature (Fig.9.5C).
Tumbling mill is cylindrical shell (Fig.9.6AC) that rotates about a horizontal axis (Fig.9.6D). Hydrogen gas is pressurized into the vial (Fig.9.6C) together with Mg powders and ball-milling media, using ball-to-powder weight ratio in the range between 30:1 and 100:1. Mg powder particles meet the abrasive and impacting force (Fig.9.6E), which reduce the particle size and create fresh-powder surfaces (Fig.9.6F) ready to react with hydrogen milling atmosphere.
Figure 9.6. Photographs taken from KISR-EBRC/NAM Lab, Kuwait, show (A) the vial and milling media (balls) and (B) the setup performed to charge the vial with 50bar of hydrogen gas. The photograph in (C) presents the complete setup of GST (supplied by Evico-magnetic, Germany) system prior to start the RBM experiment for preparing of MgH2 powders, using Planetary Ball Mill P400 (provided by Retsch, Germany). GST system allows us to monitor the progress of RBM process, as indexed by temperature and pressure versus milling time (D).
The useful kinetic energy in tumbling mill can be applied to the Mg powder particles (Fig.9.7E) by the following means: (1) collision between the balls and the powders; (2) pressure loading of powders pinned between milling media or between the milling media and the liner; (3) impact of the falling milling media; (4) shear and abrasion caused by dragging of particles between moving milling media; and (5) shock-wave transmitted through crop load by falling milling media. One advantage of this type of mill is that large amount of the powders (100500g or more based on the mill capacity) can be fabricated for each milling run. Thus, it is suitable for pilot and/or industrial scale of MgH2 production. In addition, low-energy ball mill produces homogeneous and uniform powders when compared with the high-energy ball mill. Furthermore, such tumbling mills are cheaper than high-energy mills and operated simply with low-maintenance requirements. However, this kind of low-energy mill requires long-term milling time (more than 300h) to complete the gas-solid reaction and to obtain nanocrystalline MgH2 powders.
Figure 9.7. Photos taken from KISR-EBRC/NAM Lab, Kuwait, display setup of a lab-scale roller mill (1000m in volume) showing (A) the milling tools including the balls (milling media and vial), (B) charging Mg powders in the vial inside inert gas atmosphere glove box, (C) evacuation setup and pressurizing hydrogen gas in the vial, and (D) ball milling processed, using a roller mill. Schematic presentations show the ball positions and movement inside the vial of a tumbler mall mill at a dynamic mode is shown in (E), where a typical ball-powder-ball collusion for a low energy tumbling ball mill is presented in (F).
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The Sentinel deposit is a sediment-hosted stratiform copper deposit. Mineralisation is predominantly primary sulphide copper, with sheet-like horizons of ore dipping north at 20-30o . The mineralisation is parallel to dominant foliation, within the structurally deformed carbonaceous phyllite host.Copper mineralisation at Sentinel is limited to the strongly deformed phyllite unit, with rare lowgrade mineralisation extending only 1-2 metres into the hanging and foot-wall from the contact. The ore-body strikes approximately east-west for 11 km and mineralised horizons dip 20 to 30 degrees in a northerly direction, generally parallel to the dominant foliation.The dominant copper-bearing mineral is chalcopyrite and typically occurs within bedding/foliation parallel quartz-kyanite-carbonate mm-scale veinlets. Within folded zones, veinlets tend to be thicker (mm scale), blebby, and more irregular, and often contain a relatively higher proportion of chalcopyrite. Late sulphide-bearing cross-cutting veinlets and disseminated or blebby chalcopyrite are less common.The oxidised horizon, up to approximately 70 m in depth, contains non-primary sulphide Cuminerals, predominantly chalcocite, and tarnished chalcopyrite. The top 5-15 metres from surface is typically leached of copper, or contains mixed refractory copper and trace oxide minerals.Nickel-cobalt mineralisation exists predominantly in the form of cobalt-pentlandite, with trace amounts of vaesite. Apart from rare sporadic metre-scales lenses (likely related to structures) the Ni-Co mineralisation occurs as a discrete horizon within the footwall phyllite. Footwall phyllite refers to the lowermost portion of phyllite that tends to be barren, or very low in copper mineralisation. Ni-Co mineralisation is best developed in the NE extent of the deposit, proximal to the Kalumbila Fault.
The Sentinel Pit is being mined in a series of terraced phases, using large-scale mining equipment, and with mining costs expected to be minimised through the adoption of bulk mining and ore handling methods featuring electric shovels and drill rigs, trolley-assisted (TA) haulage, and in-pit primary crushing and conveying (IPCC). Waste and ore haul cycle times, and hence fuel consumption, are expected to be reduced through the adoption of TA and IPCC.Open pit mining at Sentinel commenced in two surface box-cut areas of the Phase 1 Pit; ie, in the north west boxcut in April 2013, and then in the south boxcut from early 2014. Since 2013-2014, mining has proceeded in the Phase 1 pit to a current depth of approximately 200 m. The Phase 2 pit, immediately to the east, was progressively cleared and grade control drilled from 2016. Mining from the southern pit crest limits, 800 m across to the Musangezhi River, now extends along a strike length of 1.2 km and to a depth of approximately 25 m.Mining capacity will eventually increase to around 68 million bcm of ore and waste mined per annum. The ultimate 5.7 kilometres long, 1.5 kilometres wide and 390 metres deep pit will be mined in stages, with ore crushed in-pit and conveyed overland to the Sentinel process plant.Three in-pit crushers and associated overland ore conveyors have been installed and are operational within the main pit. The conveyors extending across to the plant crushed ore stockpile via a surface transfer bin. A fourth in-pit crusher is scheduled to be commissioned in late 2021. Pit expansion continued eastward with ongoing mining of the second mining stage during 2020. Mining follows conventional drill and blast, shovel and truck mining practice. The sequence of mining activities is also conventional and is generally as follows:- RC grade control drilling delineates the ore zones- a grade control model is developed from which blast limits and digging blocks are designed- ore and waste blocks are blasted to design, according to layouts based on varying hole patterns and powder factors to suit prevailing ground conditions - specific blast designs are engineered to suit excavations in close proximity to in-pit crushers and conveyors- trim blasts and perimeter blasting techniques are used to ensure pit wall profiles are cut to the correct angle and to minimise wall damage- electric and diesel/hydraulic shovels and excavators load the blasted rock into a fleet of 330 to 360 tonne and 240 tonne capacity haul trucks - ore is hauled direct to IPCs or to active and long-term stockpiles, whilst waste is hauled to surface dump tip heads- trolley assisted haulage is currently in use for waste hauls, and is proposed for future ore hauls from increasingly deeper mining elevations.Noteworthy changes from the 2015 Technical Report (FQM, May 2015) production plan are:- the proposed expansion of cupriferous ore processing to 62 Mtpa, commencing in 2022- a commensurate increase in total mining movement capacity to about 180 Mtpa from 2022, and 190 Mtpa from 2026- installation of a fourth IPC during 2021, near-surface, in the Phase 2 pit
Primary crushingThe primary crushing circuit consists of three semi-mobile, independent gyratory crushers (IPCs) operating in open circuit. The crushers operate with a nominal open side setting of 165 mm. With all three crushers operating, running times average 16 hours per day, although 24 hour operation is possible. Each crusher is located in-pit, to minimise haulage distances, with crushed ore conveyed to a pit top bin from where the ore is conveyed either directly to the mill feed stockpile, or to secondary crushing. In late 2021, a fourth IPC will be installed, thereby enabling three crushers to continue in operation whilst one is being relocated to a new position deeper in the pit.A fourth crusher, IPC4A, is now required to ensure crushing continuity when any of the other three are being relocated, and also importantly, to supplement crushing capacity for the proposed 62 Mtpa processing expansion. The nominal crushing rate of each of IPC1A, IPC2A and IPC3A is 4,000 tonnes per hour. After availability and utilisation factors, plus operational downtime, this rate equates to approximately 18 Mtpa crushed per IPC. The larger capacity IPC4A crusher, when operational, will have a nominal crushing rate of 5,500 tonnes per hour. After similar allowances and factors, this equates to approximately 25 Mtpa crushed.Crushed ore stockpiling and reclaimTwo parallel shuttle conveyors are used to deliver crushed material to the stockpile and to distribute the crushed ore along the length of the stockpile. The stockpile has a live capacity of at least 12 hours, approximately 60,000 tonnes. The total capacity of the stockpile can be utilised, if required, by bull-dozing the dead load into the stockpile discharge chutes. Ore is recovered from the crushed ore stockpile by four apron feeders (per mill) located in a tunnel underneath the stockpile.Milling, pebble crushingThe mills were selected on the basis of two milling trains, each comprising the largest SAG and ball mills currently proven at other operations, at the time of design. On that basis, a 28 MW SAG mill (internal diameter of 12.19 m (40 ft)) and a 22 MW ball mill (8.53 m internal diameter (28 ft)) were selected for each milling train. All the mills are equipped with gearless drives. Each milling train is designed to grind 3,500 tph of material from a feed size of 80% passing 130 mm to a product size of 80% passing 212 m. A pebble crusher is included in the circuit to crush pebbles ejected from the SAG mills, down to minus 12 mm before recycling them to the stockpile feed conveyor.Each SAG mill has a dedicated cyclone cluster, with cyclone underflow being directed to the ball mill. Each ball mill has two cyclone clusters, with cyclone overflow mixing with SAG cyclone overflow and gravitating to rougher flotation.
Sentinel copper ores have an average copper grade of approximately 0.50% Cu. At a processing rate of 55 Mtpa and with 90% recovery, the annual production of copper (in concentrate) is approximately 247,500 tpa Cu.The processing plant design is based on a conventional sulphide ore flotation circuit designed to treat 55 Mtpa of ore, with a separate 4 Mtpa circuit designed to process nickel ore feed from Enterprise project or additional copper ore feed from Sentinel. 62 Mtpa processing is now proposed, commencing from 2022.The concentrator circuit comprises:- in-pit crushing of run of mine (ROM) ore- conveying of primary crushed ore to secondary crushing and to ore stockpiles- partial secondary crushing of primary crushed ore prior to stockpiles- SAG and ball milling of crushed ore, with size classification by hydrocyclones. A grind size of 80% passing 212 m is targeted- flash Flotation for fast floating coarse chalcopyrit ........
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Jar Mills are used for wet or dry grinding, mixing and blending for a wide variety of materials like ores, chemicals, paints, ceramics, glass, etc. Different size jars are available for different grinding conditions. A bench or floor model Jar Mills from Gilson have capacities from one to six jars.
Totally enclosed DC motors drive special 2in (50.8mm) diameter neoprene-covered rollers at speeds from 20 to 300rpm. Roller spacing adjusts easily to accommodate jars from 2 to 9in (51 to 229mm) diameter and is configured to keep jars centered during operation. Welded steel frames, roller chain drives, and sealed ball bearings assure long service life. Mills operate on 115V, 50/60Hz, or 230V/50Hz electrical supply. Grinding Jarsand Grinding Mediaare required for use with this equipment and are ordered separately.
Residence time distributions (RTDs) were estimated by water tracing in a number of wet overflow ball mills (diameters 0.38 to 4.65 m) producing dense, coal-water slurries. In open-circuit mills of 0.38 m diameter and various length-diameter (L/D) ratios, the mean residence times of solid were also determined from measured mill holdups. Holdup increased with increased mill feed rate, but the mean residence times of coal and water were still equal to each other. The experimental residence time distributions were fitted to the Mori-Jimbo-Yamazaki semi-infinite, axial mixing model, and the dimensionless mixing coefficient was determined for each of 25 tests in single- and two-compartment mills. This coefficient was found to be independent of the feed rate but linearly proportional to the D/L ratio. The mixing coefficient was smaller for two-compartment mills than for single-compartment mills, showing that there was reduced mixing introduced by the diaphragm separating the compartments. Equations are given to scale residence time distributions for changes in mill diameter and length.
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