Next Article in Journal
Lithochemical Stream Sediments of the Dukat Gold–Silver Ore-Forming System (North–East of Russia)
Previous Article in Journal
Ultimate Mechanical Properties of Forsterite
Previous Article in Special Issue
Improving the Quality of Ferruginous Chromite Concentrates Via Physical Separation Methods
Open AccessArticle

Application of the Discrete Element Method to Study the Effects of Stream Characteristics on Screening Performance

Department of Industrial and Materials Science, Chalmers University of Technology, 412 96 Gothenburg, Sweden
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Minerals 2019, 9(12), 788; https://doi.org/10.3390/min9120788
Received: 24 October 2019 / Revised: 5 December 2019 / Accepted: 11 December 2019 / Published: 14 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Physical Separation and Enrichment)
Screening is a key operation in a crushing plant that ensures adequate product quality of aggregates in mineral processing. The screening process can be divided into the two sub-processes of stratification and passage. The stratification process is affected by the relative difference between various properties, such as particle shape, size distribution, and material density. The discrete element method (DEM) is a suitable method for analyzing the interactions between individual particles and between particles and a screen deck in a controlled environment. The main benefit of using the DEM for simulating the screening process is that this method enables the tracking of individual particles in the material flow, and all of the collisions between particles and between particles and boundaries. This paper presents how different particle densities and flowrates affect material stratification and, in turn, the screening performance. The results of this study show that higher density particles have a higher probability of passage because of their higher stratification rate, which increases the probability that a particle will contact the screen deck during the process. View Full-Text
Keywords: screen; DEM; discrete element method; classification efficiency; separation screen; DEM; discrete element method; classification efficiency; separation
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Davoodi, A.; Asbjörnsson, G.; Hulthén, E.; Evertsson, M. Application of the Discrete Element Method to Study the Effects of Stream Characteristics on Screening Performance. Minerals 2019, 9, 788.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop