Cohesive strength of iron ore granules
1 Centre for research in Metallurgy, 4000 Liège, Belgium
2 UMI 3466 CNRS-MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA 02139 USA
3 Université de Montpellier, CNRS, LMGC, 34095 Montpellier, France
4 ArcelorMittal R&D Maizières, Voie Romaine, F-57283, Maizières-Lès-Metz, France
5 SupAgro, INRA, 34060 Montpellier, France
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Published online: 30 June 2017
We present an experimental and numerical investigation of the mechanical strength of crude iron ore (Hematite) granules in which capillary bonds between primary particles are the source of internal cohesion. The strength is measured by subjecting the granules to vertical compression between two plates. We show that the behavior of the granules is ductile with a well-defined plastic threshold which increases with the amount of water. It is found that the compressive strength scales with capillary cohesion with a pre-factor that is nearly independent of size polydispersity for the investigated range of parameters but increases with friction coefficient between primary particles. This weak dependence may be attributed to the class of fine particles which, due to their large number, behaves as a cohesive matrix that controls the strength of the granule.
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