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Discrete element modelling of a rock cone crusher

Li, Huiqi; McDowell, Glenn R.; Lowndes, Ian


Huiqi Li

Associate Professor and Reader in Environmental Engineering


The feasibility of the discrete element method to model the performance of a cone crusher comminution machine has been explored using the particle replacement method (PRM) to represent the size reduction of rocks experienced within a crusher chamber. In the application of the PRM method, the achievement of a critical octahedral shear stress induced in a particle was used to define the breakage criterion. The breakage criterion and the number and size of the post breakage progeny particles on the predicted failure of the parent particles were determined from the results of an analysis of the experimental data obtained from diametrical compression tests conducted on series of granite ballast particles. The effects of the closed size setting (CSS) and eccentric speed settings on the predicted product size distribution compare favourably with the available data in the literature.


Li, H., McDowell, G. R., & Lowndes, I. (2014). Discrete element modelling of a rock cone crusher. Powder Technology, 263,

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Deposit Date Jul 25, 2014
Publicly Available Date Jul 25, 2014
Journal Powder Technology
Print ISSN 0032-5910
Electronic ISSN 0032-5910
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 263
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Additional Information NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Powder Technology. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Powder Technology, 263, Sept 2014, doi: 10.1016/j.powtec.2014.05.004


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