Utilization of environmental impact simulations in crushing plant operation
Paper in proceeding, 2020

Crushing plant managers need to assess, manage, and communicate the environmental impacts induced by their crushing plant operations as a step towards the sustainable development of their company. However, performing reliable environmental impact calculations of crushing plants can become challenging when the availability of operational and emission data is low and when the company’s environmental expertise is not adapted and connected to plant operations (or does not currently exist). To address these challenges, this paper proposes a practical approach where the lifecycle assessment methodology (LCA) is combined with process simulations in a web-based tool. To describe what functionality such a tool should have to be incorporated into a company’s workflow, the system that surrounds a crushing plant is analyzed. Further, a case study with a three-stage crushing plant is introduced to showcase how the simulated power draw results produced with the beta version of the tool can be compared to measured sensor data from the crushing plant for one operational day. The results indicate that the simulation tool can provide an adequate estimation of the specific energy for the different material fractions and give an overview of the environmental impact of the process caused by electricity and explosives consumption. Plant managers and operators can use this tool to calculate the environmental impacts of their plant and simulate how different operational strategies influence them.

environmental impact


crushing plant

coarse comminution


Panagiota Papadopoulou

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Product Development

Gauti Asbjörnsson

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Product Development

Erik Hulthén

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Product Development

Magnus Evertsson

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Product Development

IMPC 2020 - 30th International Mineral Processing Congress

30th International Mineral Processing Congress, IMPC 2020
Cape Town, South Africa,

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VINNOVA (2019-00857), 2019-05-01 -- 2021-08-31.

Development Fund of the Swedish Construction Industry (SBUF) (13738), 2019-05-01 -- 2021-08-31.

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

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Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified

Other Environmental Engineering

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