Quarry fines minimisation : can we really have 10mm aggregate with no fines?

Mitchell, Clive John ORCID:; Mitchell, Paul; Pascoe, RD. 2008 Quarry fines minimisation : can we really have 10mm aggregate with no fines? In: Walton, Geoffrey, (ed.) Proceedings of the 14th Extractive industry geology conference. EIG Conferences, 37-44, 109pp.

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In 2005, 216 million tonnes of saleable aggregate was produced in the UK; a corresponding 55 million tonnes of quarry fines and 24 million tonnes of quarry waste were also produced. The need to minimise fines production is driven by the Aggregates Levy (which has priced quarry fines out of the market in favour of recycled aggregate) and the Landfill Tax (which has made it expensive to dispose of fines). Attempts to reduce fines production often start with a process optimisation audit; the case study presented illustrates how fines production can be reduced, in this instance by up to 30%. Application of good practice in the crushing plant also helps to reduce fines production, including: reducing the crushing ratio to 6:1 or lower; maintaining uniform feed distribution; choke feeding (for compression crushers); reducing the speed of impact crushers; and reducing the degree of recirculation by increased screening efficiency. Future developments are likely to be driven by the need to respond to climate change. New crusher designs will be more automated, offer improved energy efficiency, have a greater production capacity and improved reliability.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2008 > Minerals
ISBN: 0955234611
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 24 Nov 2008 14:06 +0 (UTC)

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