The Evolution of SAG Shell Lining and Introduction of the Skip Row Design
Authors: P Toor, M Swart and H Ståhlbröst
MetPlant 2017 – Metallurgical Plant Design and Operating Strategies – World’s Best Practice, 11-12 Sep 2017, Perth, Australia
Development of SAG liners has always been a strong focus and interest in mineral processing as SAG liners significantly impact on plant performance (throughput and grind size), material costs and plant downtime. SAG shell relines typically determine the frequency and duration of plant shutdowns. Early SAG shell liner designs relied heavily on practical experiences and were limited in their size due to weight restrictions. Significant developments in Discrete Element Method (DEM) modelling, material and manufacturing technologies and larger reline machines have resulted in new and improved liner designs. This paper discusses the evolution of SAG shell liner design and its progression to the Skip Row design. Case studies have been provided for the Skip Row design in a variety of applications such as Single Stage SAG (SSS), SAG and Ball (SAB), SAG and Ball with Crushing (SABC) and Pre-Crush at a variety of mill diameters ranging from 24 foot to 34 foot. A detailed assessment has also been carried out comparing liner service life, ease of reline and performance (throughput, power and grind size) for a large 34 foot SAG mill when compared to the previous design.
P Toor (1), M Swart (2), H Ståhlbröst (3)
(1) – Development Manager – Grinding Wear Solutions, Metso, Brisbane Qld 4000. Email: email@example.com
(2) – MAusIMM(CP), Group Metallurgist, Harmony Gold Ltd SE Asia, Brisbane Qld 4000. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(3) – Global Applications Support Manager, Metso, Ersmark Sweden. Email: email@example.com
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