Influence of raw material particle size on quality of pellets
- ISSN: 03019233
- DOI: 10.1179/174328108X287928
Pellet plant (4 center dot 2 MPta capacity) of JSW Steel Ltd imports iron ore fines from different mines to produce pellets for its Corex and Blast Furnace plants. The pelletisation process involves drying the ore fines to reduce the moisture content to less than 1%, grinding in open circuit ball mills to get required fineness. To produce good quality of pellets certain additives are important and limestone is employed for modifying the pellet basicity. Iron ore fines of 210 mm size and limestone are ground together in a ball mill to get sufficient fineness for the balling process. However, as limestone is harder than iron ore fines the z100 mesh size limestone particles is higher than required and not all the limestone is fully consumed in the reaction for melt formation. Microstructural studies were conducted under a Leica DMRX polarized microscope at different level fineness (-325 - 56, 58 and 60%) to investigate its effect on the pellet quality. The cold crushing strength of the pellet improved from 203 to 220 kg p 21 with increase in fineness. With increase in percentage of -325 particle size in the ground product RDI of the pellet decreased from 13 center dot 8 to 11 center dot 9% with increased melt formation from 5 to 9%. With increase in fineness -325 from 56 to 60% the 150 to 500 mm size pores decreased from 51 center dot 8 to 13 center dot 6%.