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This, the 7th International Comminution Symposium (Comminution '10) was organised by Minerals Engineering International in consultation with Prof Malcolm Powell and sponsored by Sigmund Lindner, JKTech, Magotteaux, ABB, DMM and Metso. Media sponsors were The Gold & Minerals Gazette & Industrial Minerals.



Comminution '10 had the following themes:

  • Improving environment sustainability while driving down costs
    • Designing and operating energy efficient circuits
    • Designing for the next generation of mines

  • Rheology – wet and dry
    • Influence on classification and fine milling

  • Compressed bed breakage
    • How to integrate HPGR’s into circuits
    • Dry grinding and classification ahead of wet recovery processes
    • Driving into finer grinding

  • Fine grinding
    • Design of stirred mills – higher capacity, coarser feeds, media wear, energy consumption
    • Progress in modelling and scale-up

Draft papers have been published as an unrefereed Proceedings on CD-ROM, and selected papers will be published, after peer-review, in a special Comminution issue of Minerals Engineering journal.

Immediately preceeding Comminution '10, the International Comminution Researchers Association (ICRA) members workshop was held on 10-11 April 2010 and an open PEPT workshop and demonstration on April 12.



Comminution '10 was organised by Minerals Engineering International (MEI) in consultation with Prof Malcolm Powell.

In 1997 Prof Malcolm Powell formed the comminution group at the University of Cape Town, following the suggestion of Prof Cyril O'Connor (director of the Mineral Processing Research Unit MPRU) -after a memorable MEI conference in Cornwall. From January 2007 Malcolm has joined the JKMRC of the University of Queensland to take up the Alban Lynch Chair in Sustainable Comminution.

Malcolm specialises in mill liner design, charge motion and DEM modelling, SAG mill modelling, and classification, with a strong link into applying the research knowledge in extensive site work and consulting to industry. The work aims to link fundamental research into applied outputs through the development of practical and robust process models.

Malcolm Powell
Prof Malcolm Powell


Previous Conferences

Read the conference reports from Comminution 08, Comminution 06 and Comminution 04, and see the technical programmes and view the delegate lists too.

"I wish to congratulate you and your "team" again for the excellence of everything at Comminution 04, and I hope I can be available again for Comminution 06" Alain Broussaud, Metso Minerals Cisa, France

"I congratulate you for a very successful conference. Thank you very much for everything.
I met valuable colleagues which may result in lasting relationships. This Comminution 08 conference did move my career forward in a meaningful way. It was one of the most productive conferences I have ever attended."
Prof. Tarik Ozkahraman, University of Suleyman, Turkey

"It was my first visit to the Comminution conference [Comminution 08] and I would like to send you and your family my thanks and appreciation for an excellently organized meeting. I am looking forward to participating in your future meetings."
Boris Farber, Zircoa Inc., USA

"Thank you for providing a valuable comminution forum [Comminution 04] in Perth. We enjoyed being associated with this conference and the exposure it brought with it."
Sarah DeBono, Senior Process Engineer, Xstrata Technology (sponsors of Comminution 04)





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