International Mining, January 2007 features another of those great articles from John Chadwick with a catchy title and chock-full of content. This one is called Comminution Conundrum. Its subtitle tells all: How do you get the crushing and grinding equipment you need in today’s market? And once you have it, how do you install and maintain it to achieve its best? Only John would attempt to answer these questions, so I desist and refer you to his article. Two other publications in the InfoMine library on the topic are:

The InfoMine dictionary defines comminution as: (1) The gradual diminution of a substance to a fine powder or dust by crushing, grinding, or rubbing; specifically., the reduction of a rock to progressively smaller particles by weathering, erosion, or tectonic movements; (2) The breaking, crushing, or grinding by mechanical means of stone, coal, or ore, for direct use or further processing. Wiktionary is more to the point, defining comminution as the breaking or grinding up of a material to form smaller particles.

The word comminution is not frequently used however. I found only one job out of 6,000 in CareerMine that mentions comminution, three resumes that mention comminution, ten suppliers out of 14,000, one news item out of 57,000, four consultants out of 2,000, and five events out of 500. Maybe its use will increase as a result of John’s new article.

http://www.books.google.com/ lists 1143 books that touch on comminution. The most obviously useful is Advances in Comminution by S. K. Kawtra. I leave you to scroll through the rest according to your needs and taste.