The Influence of Large Unit Equipment on Mine Plant Design

This paper discusses some of the advantages and problems associated with the selection of large unit equipment for a metallurgical plant. A given flowsheet and material balance for an iron ore concentrator is assumed. Then two plant designs are developed, one utilizing a number of smaller-size equipment units and one utilizing the largest available equipment units. The mechanical and electrical problems are discussed and a comparison of capital costs is made. Finally, brief consideration is given to a plant design using units larger than those which are currently available.
Keywords: Canadian Mining and Metallurgical, grinding mills, iron ore, mva, Two-Line Plant, Design, Electrical, Equipment, layout, Mill, Mills, Motors, Plants
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