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Energy Efficiency of Microwave-Induced Heating of Crushed Rocks/Ores Shadi, Amin; Samea, Parham; Rabiei, Mahdi; Ghoreishi-Madiseh, Seyed Ali


The interaction between electromagnetic waves and heat transfer phenomena due to microwave treatment is of utmost importance for an energy-efficient microwave-integrated grinding circuit. In this study, the effect of microwave irradiations on the heat absorptions of crushed particles is carried out by developing a numerical model. Crushed particles are simulated as diced-shaped geometries with different sitting arrangements but similar size distributions. The energy efficiency of the microwave treatment process is studied by introducing temperature-dependent dielectric properties and accounting for the convective heat loss from the particle boundaries to the surrounding environment. The simulations are quantitatively validated with the experimental results for heat over microwave efficiency. Heat absorption of larger particles is found to be significantly higher, and the arrangement of particles exerts a negligible effect on overall energy absorption. It is also found that ores with a larger average diameter can yield higher energy efficiencies, and the maximum absorption can be achieved by placing the particles at certain distances from the waveguide of the microwave.

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