Comparative Numerical Study on the Weakening Effects of Microwave Irradiation and Surface Flux Heating Pretreatments in Comminution of Granite

Martina Pressacco, Jari Kangas, Timo Saksala

Tutkimustuotos: ArtikkeliScientificvertaisarvioitu

1 Lataukset (Pure)

Abstrakti

Thermal pretreatments of rock, such as conventional heating and microwave irradiation, have received considerable attention recently as a viable method of improving the energy efficiency of mining processes that involve rock fracturing. This study presents a numerical analysis of the effects of thermal shock and microwave heating on the mechanical properties of hard, granite-like rock. More specifically, the aim is to numerically assess the reduction of uniaxial compressive strength of thermally pretreated specimens compared to intact ones. We also compare the performance of these two pretreatments (conventional heating and microwave irradiation) in terms of consumed energy and induced damage. Rock fracture is modelled by a damage-viscoplasticity model, with separate damage variables in tension and compression. A global solution strategy is developed for solving the thermo-mechanical problem (conventional heating) and the electromagnetic–thermo-mechanical problem (microwave heating). The electromagnetic part of the microwave heating problem is solved in COMSOL Multiphysics software Version 6.1 first. The electromagnetic solution is used as an input for the thermo-mechanical problem, which is finally solved by means of a staggered explicit solution method. Due to the predominance of the external thermal sources, the thermal and the mechanical parts of the problem in both cases are considered as uncoupled. Three-dimensional finite element simulations are utilized to study the damage-viscoplasticity model. An ore-shaped three-mineral numerical rock specimen is used in uniaxial compression tests.
AlkuperäiskieliEnglanti
Artikkeli132
Sivumäärä23
JulkaisuGeosciences (Switzerland)
Vuosikerta13
Numero5
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - 2023
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä

Julkaisufoorumi-taso

  • Jufo-taso 1

Sormenjälki

Sukella tutkimusaiheisiin 'Comparative Numerical Study on the Weakening Effects of Microwave Irradiation and Surface Flux Heating Pretreatments in Comminution of Granite'. Ne muodostavat yhdessä ainutlaatuisen sormenjäljen.

Siteeraa tätä