2011 Volume 51 Issue 7 Pages 1057-1064
Pelletization tests were conducted using pulverized iron ore to record changes in pellet strength by changing the volume of micro-particles and ore types. The strength of pellets when completely dried can be explained by the volume of micro-particles in ore, and the greater the volume of micro-particles, the higher the strength of pellets. The rate of increase in pellet strength by micro-particles when completely dried varies depending on the ore type of micro-particles and the strength increases in the order of pisolite, Marramamba, and hematite. Regarding the generation of pellet strength during the moisture drying process, there are two different mechanisms at work at the early stage and the last stage before complete dryness. The rise in strength at the early stage of drying is considered attributable to the increase in liquid viscosity due to the condensation of micro-particles and APD in the liquid, and the increase in strength just before complete dryness is considered attributable to the formation of solid bridges caused by the movement and rearrangement of micro-particles.