Estimation of the Bond Grindability Index From the Sink-Float Test Data of Two Different Particulate Pumices

Deniz V., Umucu Y., Cayirli S.

PARTICULATE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, vol.30, no.5, pp.403-415, 2012 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/02726351.2011.593612
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.403-415


In this study, equations for estimating the Bond grindability index by the sink-float test data of pumice were developed. Primarily, the cumulative weight and porosity content of the floating fraction were determined for two different pumice samples in all relative densities. Then, grindability of the pumice samples was determined for its constituent specific gravity fractions. Though the grindability of the constituent specific gravity fractions of both the pumices varies in a systematic manner, certain differences, it can be observed in the variation pattern between the two pumices. These differences included easy washability and moderate difficult washability characteristic pumices. The relationships between the Bond grindability and relative densities and between the Bond grindability and porosity were stated as simple equations, and the calculated values from equations were compared with the experimental results. Finally, the float-sink test results can be stated by simple equations relating to the Bond grindability value. The Bond grindability (Gbg) was easily measured by carrying out sink-float tests, and by measuring the constituent relative density fractions and porosity content.