Svalbonas V.,Metso Minerals Ind. Inc. |
Fresko M.,Metso Minerals Canada Inc. |
Golembewski C.C.,Metso Minerals Ind. Inc. |
Sun J.,Metso Minerals Ind. Inc.
IMPC 2014 - 27th International Mineral Processing Congress | Year: 2014
A history of mill strain gaging at Metso is presented. The output of these strain-gaging programs is compared with calculated stress ranges from different finite element solutions. These comparisons expose the amount of approximation that exists in the analytical solutions, starting from geometry, and material properties, and ending with different forms of internal load models. The influence of strain gaging results on mill design and analysis practices is also discussed. While these instrumentation programs are valuable in identifying areas of high stress in mills, and locations of stress concentration factors, they are by no means extensive or comprehensive enough to verify general internal load models. The vast majority of the programs were aimed at getting additional data about potential failure points, rather than describing overall mill stress behavior. This is especially true since the more recent gaging programs have not included the difficult task of gaging the mill rotating structure interior. This paper tries to avoid the novice path of leaping to general conclusions on the basis of insufficient data.