Tuesday, 8 September 2015

European Symposium on Comminution and Classification

Today is the first day of the ESCC2015 Conference, held in Gothenburg, Sweden. MEI is the official media partner, but as I was unable to attend I am grateful for this short report sent by the Local Organising Committee:


Professor Magnus Evertsson from Chalmers University of Technology began the conference by talking about that the long term sustainability and energy use is a unifying theme for the ESCC 2015 symposium. During the last century humankind has transformed from being a small world on a large planet to being a large world on a small planet. The debate around global warming and climate change is intensified. We do need to find sustainable solutions that are truly long term. A fossil free world is claimed by some researchers to be within reach in 35 years. To achieve that goal or at least to work in that direction, researchers in academia and industry have to join forces and we all need to contribute and cooperate to find smarter, cooler and more technically advanced solutions to our needs.

The first keynote speaker of the day was Professor Luis Marcello Tavares (Universidade Federal Rio de Janeiro) with his presentation about Advanced Modeling of Ball Mills, followed by Greta Fragnière (TU Braunschweig) and her presentation about Evaluation of a Mechanistic Model for Prediction of Breakage Rates Through Simplified Test Material and Malcolm Powell (University of Queensland) who talked about The Effect of Loading Rate in Single Impact Particle Breakage using High Velocity Breakage Device.

Todays sessions will cover the themes:
* Comminution and classification of industrial minerals, cement, ores and secondary materials.
* Grinding, dispersion and classification of fine particles
* Fundamentals, modelling and simulation

This seems to be the season for comminution conferences. MEI was also a media partner for last month's International Comminution & Classification Congress in Mexico, but my attempts to get there were thwarted by problems with my BA flights. In just over a week's time I will be in Vancouver to report on SAG '15. And then, of course, the end of next month is the deadline for abstracts for MEI's Comminution '16 in Cape Town.

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