cement ball mill - jxsc machine

cement ball mill - jxsc machine

The cement ball mill is mainly used for grinding the finished products and raw materials of cement plants, and is also suitable for grinding various ore and other grindable materials in industrial and mining enterprises such as metallurgy, chemical industry, and electric power. Cement grinding is the last process of cement production, it is to mix cement clinker and a small amount of gypsum, and then grind the mixture to a certain fineness, that is cement. You may also interest in the ball mill product price, lime ball mill, quartz ball mill. Cement grinder types Cement ball mills can be divided according to discharge method: grate ball mills and overflow mills, and can be divided into wet mills and dry mills according to their processing conditions.

The main working part of the cement grinding mill is a rotary cylinder mounted on two large bearings and placed horizontally. The cylinder is divided into several chambers by a partition plate, and a certain shape and size of grinding bodies are installed in each chamber. The grinding bodies are generally steel balls, steel forgings, steel rods, pebbles, gravel, and porcelain balls. In order to prevent the cylinder from being worn, a liner is installed on the inner wall of the cylinder. When the cement grinding machine rotates, the grinding media adheres to the lining surface of the inner wall of the cylinder under the action of centrifugal force and frictional force with the lining surface of the inner surface of the cylinder, and rotates with the cylinder and is brought to a certain height. Under the action of gravity, it falls freely. When falling, the grinding media acts as a projectile and impacts the material at the bottom to crush the material. The cyclic motion of the abrasive body rising and falling is repeated. In addition, during the rotation of the mill, the grinding body also slides and rolls, so the grinding action occurs between the grinding body, the liner and the material, making the material fine. As new materials are continuously fed at the feed end, there is a material level difference between the feed and discharge end materials to force the material to flow, and the axial thrust of the impact material when the grinding body falls also breaks the material flow. Air movement also helps material flow. Therefore, although the mill barrel is placed horizontally, the material can slowly flow from the feed end to the discharge end to complete the grinding operation.

Ball mill liner The liner of cement dry-type ball mill can be divided into ceramic, granite, rubber, high manganese, magnetic liner and other materials. The function of liner is mainly to protect the cylinder from the direct impact of materials and steel balls and extend the service life. At the same time, the liner plate can also adjust the running track of materials. Generally, the head grinding bin is equipped with hard liner plate, which can enhance the impact force of materials and accelerate grinding. The liner plate of the fine grinding bin is corrugated liner plate or flat liner plate, which can enhance the grinding effect of materials.

Ball mill grinding medium The grinding medium of cement dry ball mill includes steel ball, steel rod, steel pipe, stone, porcelain ball, etc. the steel ball is divided into cast iron, bearing steel, carbon steel and other materials, and the diameter of steel ball varies from 15mm to 125mm. The steel bar is short cylindrical or conical, which has line surface contact with the material and strong grinding effect.

Cement ball mill advantages 1. It has strong adaptability to materials, continuous production and large processing capacity. The equipment has stable performance, is convenient for large-scale production, and meets the needs of large-scale production of modern enterprises. 2. The crushing ratio is large, the feeding size can reach 50 mm, the discharging particle size can be controlled, and the particle quality is good. 3. Cement dry-type ball mill is mainly used for grinding raw materials and clinker (finished products and raw materials) in cement plant, and also for grinding various ores and other grindable materials in metallurgy, chemical industry, electric power and other industrial and mining enterprises. It can be used for open flow grinding and circular flow grinding composed of powder concentrator. 4. The structure is reasonable, firm and can be operated under negative pressure. Cement dry ball mill has good sealing performance, environmental protection, simple maintenance, safe and reliable operation. Disadvantages But at present, the overall efficiency of cement dry-type ball mill grinding is low and energy consumption is large. Although the rolling bearing transmission mode is used now, the cement mill process is still the most power consuming part of the enterprise. Moreover, the cement dry-type ball mill is generally medium and long grinding, with large investment and high cost.

The application of ball mill in cement industry dates back more than 100 years. The ball mill for cement grinding plant is mainly of high fineness, dry grinding method, and the process is mainly of open circuit process and closed circuit process. The equipment of ball mill used in cement plant includes vertical cement mill, roller press and ball mill, etc.

The cement ball mill in cement plant is usually divided into 2-4 silos, the most representative of which are the new type of high fineness cement ball mill and open flow high fineness cement ball mill. There are three cement processing circuits. 1. Open circuit grinding The ball mill in the cement plant for open circuit grinding consists of grinding bin, dust collector and ball mill. Advantages: the cement plant process is the simplest, with less investment and simple operation and maintenance. Disadvantages: serious over grinding in the mill, low efficiency, difficulty in fineness adjustment of finished products, high power consumption.

2. Closed circuit grinding Closed-circuit grinding is widely used in cement mills all over the world. Cement grinding unit is widely used in the United States, Germany, France, Japan and other developed countries. For example, 95% of cement in Japan comes from closed-circuit grinding. The cement plant machinery of closed-circuit grinding consists of feeding system, finished product bin, powder concentrator and dust collection equipment. The process is relatively complete. The disadvantages are a large investment, many equipment and complex operation.

According to many years of practical production experience, JXSC summarizes that cement producers with a production capacity of fewer than 30 tons per hour are suitable for open circuit grinding, and closed-circuit grinding for large-scale production can be more economical.

Matters need attention 1. Cement has corrosion, which affects the service life of steel ball and increases the production cost. 2. Different wear-resistant microelements in different materials of wear-resistant steel balls will be damaged, which will cause poor wear-resistant effect and serious waste of clinker grinding mill. 3. During cement grinding, the material temperature may be higher than 100 , leading to dehydration of most gypsum or complete dehydration, causing coagulate of cement, which requires corresponding cooling measures, including mill ventilation, cylinder water cooling, etc. 4. After each clinker grinding, clean the cement grinding system, so as to avoid inconvenience to the next start-up due to slag material deposition.

Cement mill price Cement ball mill specially used for grinding cement clinker and other materials in building materials, cement production, metallurgical ceramics, electric power and petrochemical industry. JXSC can design and manufacture special cement ball mill equipment according to the output and fineness requirements of users. Contact us for machine selection and a price quotation.

cement ball mill - cement grinding machine - cement mill | agico

cement ball mill - cement grinding machine - cement mill | agico

The cement ball mill is a kind of cement grinding mill. It is mainly used for grinding the clinker and raw materials of the cement plant, and also for grinding various ores in metallurgical, chemical and electric power enterprises. It has the characteristics of strong adaptability to materials, continuous production, large crushing ratio and easy to adjust the fineness of grinding products. The cement ball mill can be used not only in dry method cement production line but also in wet method cement production line. In addition, it can realize the simultaneous grinding and drying, which is the important equipment for cement grinding. AGICO is one of the leading cement ball mill manufacturers in China. We supply the high quality equipment. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us.

The materials are uniformly fed into the first chamber of the mill by the feeding device through the feeding hollow shaft. There is a stepped or corrugated liner plate and some steel balls of different specifications in the chamber. The cylinder rotates approximately once every couple of seconds, and the centrifugal force produced when the cylinder rotates brings the steel ball to a certain height and then falls down. This kind of impact force will have a grinding effect on the material. After the kibbling in the first chamber, the materials will enter the second chamber through the monolayer partition board, which is inlaid with a flat liner plate and contains steel balls to further grind the materials. After that, the powder will be discharged through the discharge device.

AGICO Group is an integrative enterprise group. It is a Chinese company that specialized in manufacturing and exporting cement plants and cement equipment, providing the turnkey project from project design, equipment installation and equipment commissioning to equipment maintenance.

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cement ball mill | ball mill for sale | cement mill | agico

Cement ball mills are widely used in cement, silicate products, new building materials, refractory materials, fertilizers, black and non-ferrous metal dressings, and glass ceramics industry. As for types of cement ball mill, there are normal cement ball mill and super-fine cement ball mill.

The material is uniformly fed into the first bin of the cement ball mill by the feeding device through the hollow shaft. The first bin has stepped lining or corrugated lining, which is filled with steel balls of different specifications. The rotation of the cylinder generates centrifugal force to bring the steel ball to a certain height, and balls falling down, will hit and grind the material. After the material reaches the rough grinding in the first bin, it enters the second bin through the single-layer transfer partition. The second bin is embedded with a flat liner with steel balls inside to further grind the material. The powder is discharged through the discharge grid.

As one of leading cement ball mill manufacturers, AGICO Cement can provide high-quality cement ball mill with ultra-low prices, our exports has rich experience in the cement ball mill design, also provide you with good concentrator design technology and processing equipment configuration scheme, we can offer customization service meet various needs from different clients. Our cement ball mills are factory-direct, less human cost and materials cost decide competitive price of cement ball mill.

The cement ball mill has reasonable structure design, simple operation, large handling capacity and low failure rate. The wear-resistant parts are made of ultra-wear-resistant materials, which can reduce the exchange cost of the vulnerable parts and control your production and maintenance cost.

Our cement ball mill adopts advanced technology, reasonable structure design, low maintenance rate; The base is made of channel steel, and the body is made of welded steel plate with good quality and high wear resistance. The inlet head and shaft head of the spiral shaft are provided with pig iron cover, which is safe and reliable to operate, and the failure rate is lower than twice that of other competitors. Please be assured to buy.

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ball mills - an overview | sciencedirect topics

ball mills - an overview | sciencedirect topics

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 [23].

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 [70]. 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 [71].

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 [11]. 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.[44] 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.[58] and El-Eskandarany etal.[59] 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.[60] 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,[61] using for example cold-rolling approach,[62] 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.[8]

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).

ball mill maintenance - the cement institute

ball mill maintenance - the cement institute

Imagine an online classroom that takes you to learn at your own pace, allowing more choices with your learning opportunities. The Cement Institute is dedicated to providing the most dynamic and engaging programs available, as our enhanced online experience demonstrates an interactive and hands-on knowledge applicable directly to your plant.

The Ball Mill Maintenance course is designed to engage in the effective use of hands-on learning methodology as a unique combination of theory and practical work section applied to the ball mill systems maintenance inspection. This course offers an in-depth understanding of the maintenance activities, providing the precise tools to achieve optimal levels of personal performance and accomplishment, obtaining tangible and positive impact in the ball mill areas performance and reliability.

Grinding is one of the cement industrys fundamental processes: (for the preparation of raw materials, coal grinding, and cement grinding). Cement manufacturing is a continuous process industry with very high requirements and performance rates, requiring high reliability in both the process and maintenance.

In the open circuit system, the mill product has the fineness required for the next stage. In the closed-circuit system, the mill product is classified in a separator in a fine fraction that is then taken to the next step and a thick fraction that is returned to the mill for subsequent milling.

It is necessary to grind clinker, gypsum, and sometimes other additives in the proportions required at a predetermined fineness in any cement grinding circuit. The fineness is usually defined by the cements specific surface area measured in m/kg or cm/g. High-efficiency separators are normal to grind cement in a closed-circuit system due to energy consumption savings.

Safety hazards in ball mills involve numerous situations; anywhere, we can observe conditions related to process, operation, and maintenance. Ball mills can be hazardous machines if they are not operated properly. Therefore, operators should follow the essential safety and maintenance advice; as part of the course, we will cover all the safety precautions to ensure safe operation and maintenance. Operators must take certain precautions before beginning to operate a ball mill. Here is a list of the most critical safety maintenance steps that all operators must follow when using a ball mill:

Cleaning the machine after use: A ball mill must be cleaned after each operation or at the end of the working day. Major components like the grinding tool, grinding roller, and grinding ring are prone to wear. Because of that, each part or component should be regularly lubricated and checked for damage.

Ball mill is generally used to grind material 1/4 inch and finer, down to the particle size of 20 to 75 microns. To achieve reasonable efficiency with ball mills, they must be operated in a closed system.

There is a specific operating speed for the most efficient grinding. At a certain point, controlled by the mill speed, the load nearest the cylinders wall breaks free, and other sections so quickly follow it in the top curves to form a cascading, sliding stream containing several layers of balls separated by the material of varying thickness. The top layers in the stream travel faster than the lower layers, causing a grinding action between them. There is also some action caused by the spinning of individual balls or pebbles and secondary movements having the nature of rubbing or rolling contacts inside the main contact line.

The mechanical elements of a tube mill could be separated into components that directly function with the grinding process (i.e., grinding media, liners, diaphragms) and into parts that can be considered individual units connected to a specific tube mill. The latter group includes:

The mechanical elements of a tube mill can roughly be subdivided into internal and external parts. The mill internals directly functions concerning the grinding process and include the wear parts of a mill, such as mill liners, diaphragms, and grinding media principally. We will explain how to inspect the mill liners, diaphragm, water spray system, and components as well as physical mill inspection with our checklist instruction:

This module will detail a regular sequential physical inspection of conveyors by operators and mechanical maintenance personnel. It will detail what items require inspection and what possible issues and problems the inspecting personnel should be trying to identify and rectify. It will cover each of the major components that make up a conveyor system and include the variations within different conveyor designs. The topic will cover such components as:

The turbomachines used for gas compression are classified into radial, axial, or mixed flow types according to the impellers flow. In a radial or centrifugal machine, the increase in pressure due to centrifugal action is an essential factor in its operation. Energy is transferred by dynamic means from the impeller to the fluid. The fluid due to centrifugal action is continuously thrown outward, allowing fresh fluid to enter due to reduced local pressure.

Another characteristic feature of the centrifugal impeller is that the angular momentum of the fluid flowing through the impeller increases because the impellers outer diameter is significantly larger than the inlet diameter. In axial flow machines, the rotating impeller sets in motion a large mass of gas and is advanced by the blades aerodynamic action.

Dust collection systems are the most widely used engineering control technique by cement processing plants to control dust and decrease workers exposure to respirable dust. A well-integrated ball mill dust collection system has multiple benefits, resulting in a dust-free environment that increases productivity and process operation. The most common dust control techniques in cement plants use local exhaust ventilation systems.

This course is primarily geared to all maintenance staff personnel with a focus on the preventive maintenance area. Future managerial persons, whether from maintenance or production, may also benefit significantly by participating.

Those with little or no prior experience with ball mill maintenance will learn to understand, interpret, and use the core concepts of equipment design and their limitations. Gain valuable skills that can be used immediately to analyze and implement preventive maintenance.

A unique combination of theoretical and practical skills throughout this course will be learned, which will help you develop and execute the concepts and technical knowledge acquired in the daily maintenance activities. The following downloadable materials are part of the course to enhance and facilitate the participants learning experiences.

Work section book: Provide learning activities and hands-on practice case study and exercises. Solutions are included after each training is completed. Certification is achieved by completing a satisfactory level of exercises, quizzes, and final exams for each module.

The course is conducted online, allowing students flexibility (within four weeks) to complete all modules. Students should expect to spend more than 10 hours per week and some additional time for private reading/study. A computer with Internet access (broadband recommended) and email will be required.

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