Analysis of Grinding Rate Constant on a Stirred Ball Mill Using Discrete Element Method Simulation
The results of discrete element method simulation were compared with actual grinding experimental results. The grinding rate constant K can be expressed as K=a exp(bn), where n is the rotation speed. To investigate the correlation between K and the simulation results, a new factor, the calculated force, was defined as Fcal=average force acting on a ball coordination number. K could then be expressed as K=a′Fcal+b′ and is thus one-dimensionally proportional to FcalK was found to be correlated with the forces acting on a ball and its contact points. Experimental results confirmed that Fcal is suitable for use as a factor for expression of K.
Keywords: Discrete Element Method, Grinding Experimental Results