Kinetics of fine wet grinding of zeolite in a steel ball mill in comparison to dry grinding

Ozkan A., Yekeler M. , Calkaya M.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MINERAL PROCESSING, vol.90, pp.67-73, 2009 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 90
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.minpro.2008.10.006
  • Page Numbers: pp.67-73


Batch wet grinding of zeolite was studied with emphasis on a kinetic study in a laboratory size steel ball mill of 200 mm diameter. The breakage parameters were determined by using the single sized feed fractions of -850+600 mu m, -600+425 mu m and -425+300 mu m for the zeolite samples. The S(i) (specific rate of breakage) and B(ij) (primary breakage distribution) values were obtained for those feed size fractions in order to predict the product size distributions by Simulation for comparison to the experimental data. The specific rates of breakage values for wet grinding in the first-order breakage region were higher than the dry values reported previously by a factor 1.7 at the same experimental conditions, but the primary breakage distribution (B(ij)) values were approximately the same. The simulations of the product size distributions of zeolite were in good agreement with the experimental data using a standard ball mill simulation program. The wet grinding of zeolite was subjected to slowing-down effect in the mill at 2 min of grinding, corresponding to an 80% passing size of about 400 mu m. On the other hand. the slowing down effect in the dry grinding of zeolite was also seen at 4 min of grinding. In addition, effects of some operational parameters on dry and wet grinding of zeolite were determined by simulation using the breakage parameters obtained experimentally. (C) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.