Simulation-Driven Development for Coarse Comminution Process - A Case Study of Geita Gold Mine, Tanzania using Plantsmith Process Simulator
Paper in proceeding, 2021

A comminution process is a material size reduction and separation process which is primarily used in the aggregates and the minerals processing industry. Knowledge related to equipment’s operation, raw material properties, operational strategies, control system, maintenance, etc. is needed to design a capable plant. New needs are arising from the industry for existing operational crushing plants such as investigation for improvements, upscaling, and downscaling of the capacity. The paper presents an application of simulation-driven development for a crushing plant in an existing gold processing plant. Due to the change in ore characteristics and the need for optimizing the cost of operation, it is required to investigate the opportunities for improvement and alternative options for downscaling the capacity of the plant. A systematic process for configuring, developing, and evaluating alternative concepts using a process simulation tool is presented. The results show the process of generating knowledge for alternative crushing plant operation settings and how the choices can be selected and eliminated using boundary conditions. The evaluation presents possible improvements and alternative concepts with their opportunities and pitfalls.

Process modelling

Decision making

Comminution

Gold-Processing

Case study

Author

Kanishk Bhadani

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Product Development

Gauti Asbjörnsson

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Product Development

Paul Bepswa

University of Cape Town

Aubrey Mainza

University of Cape Town

Elibariki Andrew

Geita Gold Mine, Anglo Gold Ashanti

Jisenha Philipo

Geita Gold Mine, Anglo Gold Ashanti

Nkanyiso Zulu

Geita Gold Mine, Anglo Gold Ashanti

Anthony Anyimadu

Anglo Gold Ashanti

Erik Hulthén

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Product Development

Magnus Evertsson

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Product Development

Proceedings of the Design Society

2732-527x (ISSN)

Vol. 1 2681-2690

International Conference on Engineering Design
Gothenburg, Sweden,

Subject Categories

Mineral and Mine Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance

Production

DOI

10.1017/pds.2021.529

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8/10/2021