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Optimisation of the classical semi-autogenous and ball milling circuit using the attainable region technique

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dc.contributor.advisor Mulenga, Francois Bashe, Luzuko 2020-10-06T13:27:09Z 2020-10-06T13:27:09Z 2019-10
dc.description.abstract The objective of this study was to improve the operation of the classical semiautogenous and ball milling circuit also known as the SABC circuit. In order to achieve this goal, the challenges around this circuit were identified as the formation of critical sized material in a SAG mill. The size class considered for the critical sized material also known as pebbles was -100+23 mm. The attainable region (AR) method was used as an optimisation technique for the generated results using a computer simulation programme. MODSIM® demo version 3.6.22 is ore processing simulator that was used. The research was divided into two sections, the first being the variation of feed flow rate ranging from 50 – 150 tph and ore feed size ranging between 100 and 600 mm. The second section compared the variation of the operating parameters of the SAG mill, which were mill filling, ball filling, ball size and mill speed. The AR technique graphically presented the results which indicated the best operating conditions to minimise pebble formation. The effects of mill filling on a SAG mill indicate that a higher filling produces lower pebbles. Lower pebble generation also was observed at a higher ball filling. The influence of ball size indicated that the larger ball size was more effective in the reduction of pebbles. For mill speed the media displayed two common mode operations namely cascading at a low speed of 65% and cataracting at higher speed of 75%. The higher speed generated the least pebbles. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiii, 104 leaves) : color illustrations, graphs (chiefly color) en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Attainable region en
dc.subject Semi-autogenous mill en
dc.subject Ball mill en
dc.subject SABC circuit optimisation en
dc.subject Pebbles en
dc.subject MODSIM® en
dc.subject.ddc 662.73
dc.subject.lcsh Mining engineering -- Technological innovations. en
dc.subject.lcsh Milling machinery en
dc.subject.lcsh Ball mills en
dc.title Optimisation of the classical semi-autogenous and ball milling circuit using the attainable region technique en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department College of Engineering, Science and Technology en M. Tech. (Chemical Engineering) en

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