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Microwave Preheating Improves Iron Ore Grinding Efficiency

Author: langfeng1 Time: 2017-05-12

Walkiewicz et al. demonstrated that the rapid heating of ore containing microwave energy absorbing minerals in a non-absorbing gangue matrix generated thermal stress. This thermal stress caused micro fracturing along the mineral grain boundaries; as a result, such an ore sample becomes more amendable to grinding. According to these authors, the grinding operation (comminution) consumes 50%-70% of energy used in mineral processing operations. Again, the energy efficiency of a conventional grinding operation is approximately 1%. They demonstrated that microwave preheating of an iron ore improved grinding efficiency by 9.9% to 23.9%. 

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