One of the most Common Glass Milling Processes is Ball Milling. It is very cost effective and much adaptable. Ball milling has become very popular in industrial usage and widely used for glass milling process.
What is a Ball Mill?
For the glass processing, a ball mill comprises of a rotating ceramic-lined drum, with several other durable material inside the drum forming the grinding medium, typically – alumina or zirconia etc.
In the process, the glass is added to the drum and then the drum rotates which causing continuous attrition and impact between the balls and the glass. This causes the glass to break down into smaller particles.
Ball Mills are available in a wide range of sizes and they offer great versatility. These tools are compatible with a diverse array of grinding media. Ball mills can be either wet or dry and can easily accommodate several batch for continuous processing if needed.
Ball mills are mostly used primarily for single stage grinding and regrinding process. One can adjust the grind size by altering the balls’ diameter.
Due to high adaptability and cost-effectiveness, ball milling process is being widely used and has become one of the most popular glass milling techniques.
Ball Mill Features:
- It has stable performance and quite easy to install.
- Best for grinding hard materials.
- Zero pollution for the powder with ceramic ball.
- It can be adjusted the capacity and fineness as per need by adjusting the diameter of the ball.
The Ball Milling is very popular in grinding industry and the ball mill is the key equipment used.
It is widely used for the glass crushing industry, silicate product, ceramics, cement, different building material process, chemical fertilizers, fire-proof material, black and non-ferrous metal etc.
What is Ball milling Process?
Ball Milling is a process which is used to crush glass and reduce its size, bodies or glaze. A device used to reduce the particle size of materials, bodies or glazes.
A ball mill is a machine or grinder which is used to grind or blend materials for use in mineral dressing processes,
A ball mill is simply filled with pebbles either of porcelain or stones and into it powder or slurry is added and mechanically rotated to cause the movement of pebbles in order to crush them into particles.
Ball milling can be done periodically or can be continuous process. The speed of the ball mill can be adjusted from low to high and so is the rotation and vibration.
A ball mill should be made of porcelain or other very hard surface since the grinding takes place between the walls and balls and it requires maximum efficiency.
Also the balls should of a particular range of size so that can be easily grind and also the correct quantity of balls should be placed to get so that the slurry should be of the right viscosity.
Sometimes the ball mill is rubber lined mills which helps to reduce noise and wear at the same time.
Ball mills can reduce particles to the nano sizes and as per need of an industry. For large production ball mix supervisors, mechanics and operators are hired to get a consistent product. Since they are experts of their field and know well what mathematical formulas to employ and can well determine the actual amount of balls needed.
Also other operating parameters like proper distribution of ball sizes, time duration and right speed. The grinding materials may wary and it is recommended to mill soft and hard powders separately and should be combined later.
What is the working principle of ball mill?
Ball Milling is very effective process and commonly used in the production of glass powders. Different particle sizes ranging from the nano scale to microns can be easily achieved. The most common forms of glass provided are ingots, microspheres and glass powder.
Powdered glass is very commonly used in a diverse range of applications in throughout industry and research;
for example, nano fillers obtained from glass offer excellent strength and benefits and superior biocompatibility due to surface roughness, hydrophobicity and chemical inertness. These composite materials are also used in medical and dental prosthetics.
Glass powders can be produced via ‘bottom-up’ methods as well e.g. Sol-gel process. However a better option is; A ‘top-down’ solution process, also referred as milling where large glass particles are broken down into smaller particles and pieces.
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