DOI: 10.3390/min13121506 ISSN: 2075-163X

Extensive Validation of a New Rock Breakage Test

Marcos de Paiva Bueno, Thiago Almeida, Malcolm Powell
  • Geology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

Comminution is the most power-demanding stage, and the lack of geometallurgical testing, often for financial reasons, may result in an inefficient operation. The Geopyörä rock breakage test was developed with the objective of making mineral variability data more accessible by providing both standard comminution parameters and rock mechanical properties at low cost and with a modest sample size, allowing a larger number of samples to be tested to reduce uncertainties and assure productivity. The objective of this work is to present the results of an extensive validation of this new rock breakage method against two of the main tests currently in use, namely the SMC and Bond ball mill work index tests. More than 100 samples have been tested and the results compared, showing that the new method can accurately estimate the parameters of the traditional tests. This confirms that the new test is a reliable tool for performing comminution and geometallurgical tests.

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