Assessing the energy efficiency of a jaw crusher

Daniel Antonio Legendre, Ron Zevenhoven

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    It is well known and taken for granted that the efficiency of energy use by comminution (i.e. breaking, crushing, grinding) equipment is very low, typically less than 10%. Most of the process input power is dissipated as heat and noise and ineffective deformation of the material to be processed and the device itself. Here, a study is reported that analyses the reasons for this low efficiency and tries to give recommendations for improvement. With a lab-scale jaw crusher as a test case, an optimisation was made on how to operate it most energy-efficiently by using an evolutionary algorithm numerical method. For a selected optimised case an attempt was made to simulate the jaw crusher using a commercial software for discrete element modelling (DEM), after first simulating single particle breakage using this software. Also, some experimental results on the crushing of several similar to 600 g pieces of rock while measuring electric power during the process are reported.
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Pages (from-to)119–130
    Number of pages12
    Issue numberSpecial Issue
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • Comminution
    • DEM simulation
    • Energy efficiency
    • Experiments
    • Jaw crusher

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