Overcoming basic design challenges on Iron ore processing projects using IDEAS simulation software

CIM Montreal 2015
Henrique P. Milanez (Andritz Brasil), Eliane R. Cruz (VALE S.A.), Raphael F. Valadares (Vale S.A.), Rafael Villela Ferreira (Andritz Brasil)
Dynamic simulation has been used for several industrial applications in order to optimize processes on a safe and reliable environment. A process simulator can be used in every project phase, with the ability to support decisions from conceptual studies to operational challenges, diminishing possible design problems and conducting each phase on an assertive and efficient way. On the basic engineering design, besides some preliminary studies, the purchasing plan and main equipment specification are done. The usage of a dynamic simulator may release the full potential of the project, validating the entire purchasing with all the equipment specification on an integrated platform. This paper presents a brief review of the concept of process simulation focusing on the basic design benefits. Specifically, shows different process tests that were done with IDEAS software on an Iron Ore beneficiation project in Brazil. As an outcome, a virtual plant was built and gave the project team more confidence on their purchasing and a preliminary understanding of the operations and control philosophy of the whole plant.
Keywords: IDEAS, Basic Design, Mining, Dynamic Simulation
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