Granulation of iron ore fines into robust granules is critical to successful sintering and blast furnace operations in iron and steelmaking. Iron and steelmakers desire iron ore granules with high strength, uniform size distribution and low fuel consumption to enhance efficient sintering operation. Unlike hematite ore, magnetite concentrates do not granulate easily at low binder dosage to yield coarser granules due to the absence of nucleus particles. This motivates the present study to harness the complementary properties of hematite ore to enhance granulation of magnetite concentrates via blending. The current state-of-the-art in hematite and magnetite blend granulation is reviewed, along with granule property limitations. Preliminary experimental work on granulation of hematite and magnetite blends as a precursor to sintering is reported.
Adam, M, Addai-Mensah, J, Begelhole, J, Quast, K and Skinner, W, 2017. Enhancing magnetite concentrate granulation by blending with hematite ore, in Proceedings Iron Ore 2017, pp 17–24 (The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne).