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Materials Transactions, Vol.58 No.02 (2017) pp.280-286
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Effect of Particle Shape on the Stereological Bias of the Degree of Liberation of Biphase Particle Systems

Takao Ueda1, Tatsuya Oki1 and Shigeki Koyanaka1

1Environmental Management Research Institute, Department of Energy and Environment, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba 305-8569, Japan

It is well known that in sectional measurements of polished ore samples, the degree of liberation is overestimated by stereological bias. The stereological bias is affected by particle shape, but the effect of particle shape on the stereological bias has not been studied systematically. In this study, particles of various shapes were modeled using a geodesic grid, and the internal structures of the particles were randomly designed. The stereological bias of liberation was assessed quantitatively by comparing the computed sectional information and the original three-dimensional information. The following results were obtained: 1) the effect of aspect ratio on the stereological bias is less than 12% when comparing cases with α ranging from 1.0 to 2.0; 2) the effect of particle surface roughness on the stereological bias is smaller than 7.6% when comparing cases with surface roughness (the quotient of the surface area of the volume equivalent ellipsoid and the surface area of a particle) ranging from 0.833 to 0.996. It was also confirmed that the previously proposed stereological correction method is applicable to irregularly shaped particles because the estimation error of the degree of liberation dramatically dropped from 56.4%-64.4% without any correction to 1.16%-3.41% using the proposed method.


(Received 2016/07/19; Accepted 2016/11/08; Published 2017/01/25)

Keywords: mineral liberation, stereological bias, particle shape, discrete element method

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