Insights on pretreatment of Indian hematite fines in grate–kiln pelletizing process: the choice of grinding processes
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Indian hematite fines are normally characterized by high iron grade and minor impurities, which are usually used for sinter fines. With macroscale operations technology of blast furnace in Indian, pellets, as a kind of high-quality materials, attract more and more attention. However, the hematite fines possess the coarse size. Hence, they inevitably need to be further finely ground for pelletizing before balling. The grinding behavior of Indian hematite fines was revealed by conducting the ball milling tests and determining the Bond ball mill work index (Wi). The results show that Indian hematite fines have an excellent grindability with Wi of only 7.40–7.73 kWh/t, indicating that ball milling is an economically viable way to pretreat Indian hematite fines. Nonetheless, due to poor sedimentation and filtering properties of wet ground products, the dry ball milling is more appropriate to process Indian hematite fines. In addition, the superior quality green balls can be manufactured with dry ground products under the conditions of 0.5% bentonite dosage, 7.5% moisture and balling for 12 min, which further confirmed that the recommended pellet feed preparation technique is reasonable.
KeywordsIndian hematite fine Dry ball milling Wet ball milling Bond work index Sedimentation characteristic Filtration characteristic
The authors would like to acknowledge the Analytical and Testing Center of Central South University to supply the facilities to fulfill the measurements. The authors also wish to express their thanks to the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51474161) and Hunan Provincial Innovation Foundation for Postgraduate (CX2017B056) for the financial support of this research.
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