xxxx
232 posts
TimePosted 08/06/2013 07:25:22
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CEMENT MILL PERFORMANCE WITH CLINKER QUALITY VARIATION

DEAR EVERONE

WE HAVE TWO SEPARATE KILNS .

THE CLINKER FROM A SLC KILN IS HAVING 43-45% C3S,29-30% C2S WITH CORRESPONDING C3A & C4AF.THE LITRE WEIGHT IS 1050 G/LT & THE FREE LIME IS 1% .

THE CLINKER FROM ILC KILN IS HAVING 38% C3S,34%C2S WITH CORRESPONDING C3A & C4AF. THE LITRE WEIGHT IS 1150 G/LT & FREE LIME IS 2%.

NOW WE ARE GETTING BETTER OUTPUT FROM CEMENT MILL CONNECTED TO HIGH C2S % CLINKER WHILE THE OTHER MILL FED WITH HIGH C3S CLINKER IS GIVING LOWER OUTPUT.

WHAT ARE TO POSSIBLE REASONS ?

HOW TO CHECK & CONCLUDE ?

PLEASE REPLY

DHARMESH

 

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123red
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TimePosted 15/06/2013 23:02:51
123red says

re CEMENT MILL PERFORMANCE WITH CLINKER QUALITY VARIATION

To get replies you probably need to post information about results for griindability tests on the two clinkers and information about the size and local clustering (or not) of the alite and belite crystals.

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Ted Krapkat
536 posts
TimePosted 18/06/2013 02:09:03

re CEMENT MILL PERFORMANCE WITH CLINKER QUALITY VARIATION

Hello Dharmesh,

I agree with 123red.  The number, distribution and size of belite (C2S) clusters have a significant effect on clinker grindability. This is because C2S is the least brittle clinker mineral and therefore the most diffiicult to grind.  Microscopic examination of the two clinkers should be able to measure the C2S cluster distribution and determine if an abnormal condition exists. A crystal count would also quantify the actual amounts of C3S and C3S present in the two clinkers. It may well be that clinker #1 actually has more C2S than clinker #2, even though the Bogue calculation says the opposite. The size of individual crystals has an impact on grindability as well. Clinker nodules made up of  larger, well formed crystals are harder to grind than those composed of smaller crystal sizes.

There are also other factors that can effect grindability. One of these is clinker density, or degree of porosity. Hard burned clinkers (lower free lime) are more dense than clinkers with higher free lime contents. ie they have a lower porosity. This generally makes harder burned clinker harder to grind. This may be one reason why the clinker with a lower free lime is harder to grind in your case. (even though the litre weight is marginally lower)

Another factor is degree of cooling. If clinker is not cooled fast enough, C3A crystallises out of the liquid phase in long, large crystals, which strengthen the clinker nodules internally and make them difficult to grind. This can also be easily seen under the microscope.

I would therefore suggest that you arrange for a comprehensive mineralogical analysis of both clinkers.

 The following links may also be helpful;-

http://www.cemnet.com/Forum/thread/108976/impact-of-free-lime-on-grinding-efficiency.html

http://www.cemnet.com/Forum/thread/109059/clinker-hanrdess.html

 

Regards,

Ted.

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