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14th European Symposium on Comminution & Classification (ESCC)
Gothenburg, Sweden, September 7-11, 2015


The 14th European Symposium on Comminution & Classification (ESCC) was held in Gothenburg, Sweden at Lindholmen Conference Centre between 7-11 september 2015. The local organizing committee was lead by Professor Magnus Evertsson at Chalmers University of Technology.

  • Total number of participants: 112 participants from all over the world.
  • Proceedings: Proceedings will be available at Chalmers Publication Library soon.
  • ISBN: 978-91-88041-01-2

The 2015 Symposium covered themes such as:

Comminution and classification of industrial minerals, cement, ores and secondary materials

The topic covers advances made in the field of size reduction and classification of particles in the size region commonly related to minerals processing, from primary crushing to milling, i.e. from rocks to 10 micron. Contributions may be focused on applied modelling and simulation of machines, dynamic simulation, flow sheet considerations, energy efficiency and optimization etc. Specially addressed industries include the Mining industry, Industrial Minerals, Cement and Secondary materials.

  • Grinding, dispersion and classification of fine particles The topic covers advances made related to processing of organic or in-organic fine particles, usually from mm or µm to the sub-micron size region. Contributions may be focused on fine grinding, wear, modelling, grinding media, characterization, dispersion and nano-milling etc. Specially addressed industries include Food, Chemistry and Pharmaceutical industries.
  • Fundamentals, modelling and simulation The topic covers advances made related to fundamental understanding of particle behavior especially when subjected to stress conditions. Contributions may be focused on fracture mechanics, breakage modelling, particle flow and transport modelling, classification physics, as well as plant and equipment simulation etc.
  • Innovation and new technologies The topic covers advances made related to new technologies, ideas and innovative solutions. Contributions may be focused on new machines and processes, non-mechanic comminution, novel characterization techniques, online measurement, new sorting techniques etc.
  • Industrial operation perspectives The topic covers specifically insights and case studies from industrial operations. Contributions may be focused on performance optimization, control strategies, energy and water management, mineralogical complexity, declining ore grades etc.
  • Unifying theme: Sustainability and energy efficiency As a unifying theme across all topics we want to acknowledge the major challenges facing the industry related to energy efficiency and sustainability. The contribution does not have to be directly related to this topic however it is of value to include a discussion and perspective on how your work is connected to the challenges related to energy efficiency and sustainability (economy, society, environment).

About the conference:

  • Worldwide representatives gathered in Gothenburg last week, learning and sharing knowledge about Comminution.
  • 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 conference was Professor Luis Marcello Tavares (Universidade Federal Rio de Janeiro) with his presentation about Advanced Modeling of Ball Mills, followed by Greta Fragničre (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.
  • Day 1 of ESCC2015 ended with a successful welcome reception held by the City of Gothenburg, a paddan boat tour followed by a Conference dinner arranged in Eriksbergshallen (an old metal working and machining company). The second day of ESCC2015 started with Jochen Franke from Outotec and his keynote speech “Disruptive innovation in Comminution and Classification – Re-inventing Traditional Tools and Methods”, where he pointed out that when it is difficult times in the mining industry it tends to lead to shrinkage of innovative capacity. Yet it is often innovative thinking that may lead to opportunities to address associated reasons or root causes. Jochen Franke highlighted areas where new or alternative technologies, services or methodologies could potentially substitute or eliminate the need for less efficient solutions in comminution and classification.
  • One of the new themes for today was Innovation & New Technologies where we listened to presentations from Colin Hare (University of Leeds), Matthias Mersmann (Loesche GmbH), Johannes Quist (Chalmers University of Technology) and Elske Linsz (Bauhaus University of Weimar) and many more.

The last day was packed with interesting presentations. For example we listened to Udo Enderle from Netzsch who talked about the history and beginning of communication from the stone age until today in his talk ”Agigated bead Mills, The Future of Wet & Dry Grinding?”. At the end of the conference, the host Magnus Evertsson handed over to Professor Hakan Benzer from Hacettepe University in Turkey who will be the organizer of ESCC2017.

ESCC2017 will be held in the city Smyrna, Izmir Province, Turkey 11-15 September 2017.

More information about ESCC2015 can be found at www.escc2015.org

Pictures from the conference can be found at: www.flickr.com/gp/134442493@N05/5B0c0U





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