Ultra-fine grinding of non-metallic minerals
  • 07 May, 2022
  • By EPIC Powder

Ultra-fine grinding of non-metallic minerals

Non-metallic mines, metal mines, and fuel mines are called the three pillars of the materials industry. The use of non-metallic minerals depends on the degree of deep processing, including ultra-fine grinding, ultra-fine grade, fine purification and surface modification, among which effective ultra-fine grinding is the prerequisite and guarantee for various deep processing. The ideal ultra-fine powder should have the characteristics: particles as small as possible, no agglomeration, narrow particle size distribution, spherical particles as much as possible, uniform chemical composition, etc.

Due to the wide variety of non-metallic minerals, various requirements are put forward on the particle size distribution and purity of crushed products according to their different uses. The development of ultra-fine grinding technology must adapt to its specific requirements. Generally speaking, the requirements for non-metallic minerals are as follows:

  • Fineness

The application of non-metallic mineral products requires a certain degree. For example, kaolin and heavy calcium carbonate as papermaking raw materials require a product fineness of -2μm accounting for 90%, whiteness >90%; high-grade paint filler heavy calcium carbonate powder fineness of 1250 Mesh; zirconium silicate as a ceramic opacifier requires an average fineness of 0.5~1μm; wollastonite as a filler also requires its fineness to be less than 10μm and so on.

  • Purity

The purity requirement of non-metallic mineral products is also one of its main indicators, which means that no pollution should be allowed during the grinding process, and the original composition should be maintained. If it is white minerals, a certain degree of whiteness is required. For example, the whiteness of calcined kaolin and talc used in papermaking is required to be ≥90%, and the whiteness of heavy calcium carbonate used in papermaking coatings, fillers and high-grade paint fillers is greater than 90%. Wait.

  • Powder shape

Some non-metallic mineral products have strict requirements on their shapes to meet different needs. For example, wollastonite used for composite reinforcement, its ultrafine powder is required to maintain its original needle-like crystal state as much as possible, so that wollastonite products become natural short fiber reinforced materials, and its aspect ratio is required to be >8~10.

The application fields of ultra-fine powder materials account for 40.3% in the mechanical field, 34.6% in the thermal field, 12.9% in the electromagnetic field, 8.9% in the biomedical field, 2.4% in the optical field, and 0.9% in other fields.

Non-metallic mineral ultra-fine grinding method

Crushing is different from the destruction of a single material. It refers to the effect on the group, that is, the crushed material is a group of particles with different sizes and shapes.

There are two main methods for preparing ultrafine powder from the principle of preparation: one is chemical synthesis; the other is physical grinding. Chemical synthesis is through chemical reaction or phase transformation, the powder is prepared from ions, atoms, and molecules through crystal nucleus formation and crystal growth. Due to the complex production process, high cost, and low yield, the application is limited. The principle of physical grinding is to grind materials through the action of mechanical force. Compared with chemical synthesis methods, physical grinding has lower cost, relatively simple process, and large output.

Advantages of mechanical grinding method: large output, low cost, simple process, etc., and mechanochemical effects are generated during the grinding process to increase the activity of the powder; disadvantages: the purity, fineness and morphology of the product are not as good as the ultra-fine powder prepared by chemical method body. This method is suitable for large-scale industrial production, such as deep processing of mineral products.

Non-metallic mineral ultra-fine grinding equipment

At present, the main method for preparing ultra-fine powder materials is physical grinding. Therefore, ultra-fine grinding equipment mainly refers to various grinding-related equipment that mainly produces ultra-fine powder by mechanical methods. Commonly used ultrafine grinding equipment includes jet mill, mechanical impact mill, vibration mill, stirring mill, colloid mill and ball mill.

Equipment type Feeding size/mm Product fineness d97/μm Grinding principle
Jet mill <2 3~45 Impact, collision
Mechanical impact grinding <10 8~45 Blow, impact, shear
Rotary mill <30 10~45 Impact, collision, shear, friction
Vibration mill <5 2~74 Friction, collision, shear
Stirring mill <1 2~45 Friction, collision, shear
Drum Ball Mill <5 5~74 Friction, impact
Planetary ball mill <5 5~74 Friction, impact
Grinding and peeling machine <0.2 2~20 Friction, collision, shear
Sand mill <0.2 1~20 Friction, collision, shear
Roller mill <30 10~45 Squeeze, friction
High pressure homogenizer <0.03 1~10 Cavitation, turbulence, shear
Colloid mill <0.2 2~20 Friction, shear
  • High-speed mechanical impact mill

High-speed mechanical impact crusher refers to the use of rotating bodies (rods, hammers, blades, etc.) rotating at a high speed around a horizontal or vertical axis to apply a violent impact on the feedstock, causing it to collide with the fixed body or particles, thereby making An ultra-fine grinding equipment for particle grinding.

Advantages: large crushing ratio, adjustable fine powder particle size, simple structure, easy operation, less supporting equipment, compact installation, less floor space, large capacity, and high efficiency.

Disadvantages: high-speed operation makes overheating and component wear unavoidable.

It is suitable for the production of superfine powder of medium hardness materials such as calcite, marble, chalk and talc.

The development trend of ultra-fine grinding equipment

(1) Improve product fineness and reduce equipment grinding limit;

(2) Increase the output of a single machine and reduce the energy consumption per unit of product;

(3) Reduce abrasion;

(4) High stability and reliability;

(5) Online control of product fineness and particle size distribution;

(6) Efficient, fine and large grading equipment;

(7) Ultra-fine grinding equipment for special grain and tough materials.




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