Handling of large- scale granular flow s is a key operational activity within LKAB in w here approximately 25 MTon of pellet products are produced every year. In the harbours, the pellets are stored/or reloaded on ships for final transportation to end customers. Depending on destination, substantial reloading and transportation also can occur at the end customer. In the transportation chain, the pellet products are exposed to mechanical impact from multiple reloading points. Other mechanical forces also impact the pellet products such as abrasion and shear forces. By this mechanical impact, some of the pellets may lose their strength or disintegrate causing so called “fines” and dust. Based on the importance of reducing the negative impact of dust emissions and having high value pellet products it is a key activity to further understand the mechanism behind the pellet disintegration.
By this understanding completely new disintegration models can be implemented into innovative simulating tools that will be utilized to make better decisions in the design of the pellet logistic chain for a resource efficient mineral processing.