Particle scale modelling of dense medium cyclones in coal preparation
Australia is the world's biggest coal exporter, and black coal is Australia's largest export, worth around $A13.5 billion annually.
Dense medium cyclones process the vast majority of tonnes fed to Australian coal preparation plants, and hence play a critical economic role in coal production. This project aims at providing substantial design and operational improvements through the application of a novel combined continuum and discrete modelling method. Specifically, the improvements targeted relate to better process and product control, a decrease in unit energy consumption and improvements in productivity, which, together with the research training offered, will further enhance Australia's leading position in global coal industry.