Understanding HIGMill operation at copper regrind application; operating parameters, wear and mineral liberation

ALTUN O., Darılmaz Ö., Karahan E., Sert T., ALTUN D., Toprak A., ...More

Minerals Engineering, vol.191, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 191
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.mineng.2022.107964
  • Journal Name: Minerals Engineering
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Aerospace Database, CAB Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts Core, Communication Abstracts, INSPEC, Metadex, Veterinary Science Database, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Keywords: Comminution, Fine grinding, HIGMill, Regrind mill, Stirred mill, Vertical stirred mill
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


© 2022 Elsevier LtdStirred milling technology has proven its worth globally. The number of installations utilizing this technology has been increasing owing to its energy-efficient operation in fine sizes that leads to improved liberation hence beneficiation performance. HIGMill technology is one of the recent machines having vertical orientation and is in use for wet fine grinding applications. Since the technology is new, understanding its operation regarding to the comminution performance and product specification is of importance for both the academia and industry. This study argues HIGMill operation at copper regrind circuit. Firstly, an initial survey including the concentrate circuit was performed to evaluate the accuracy of the sensors and to provide general knowledge. Then, a series of industrial trials were completed to investigate the influences of operational parameters on energy efficiency, i.e., solid content, the type of grinding media, the alignment of the agitators, agitator material, and bead filling. In the final stage of the study, liberation characteristics of HIGMill products were assessed to provide knowledge on their contribution to the liberation performance of the minerals.