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Downsizing, Liberation and Fractionizing Results in More Efficient Metal Separation

Downsizing, Liberation and Fractionizing Results in More Efficient Metal Separation
8 Apr 2020  |
This summer, in order of AIB “Amt für Industrielle Betriebe, Deponieanlage Elbisgraben” close to Basel Switzerland, TRS BV delivered a complete and newly built IBA Treatment and Metal Recovery plant.

The new plant processes bottom ash coming from the Basel incineration plant and is located at Deponie Elbisgraben. Before IBA-material is landfilled, it is crucial to regain as many metals as technically possible such as ferrous, non-ferrous and stainless steel. The process has been developed with knowledge of three parties, being AIB, TRS BV and Prof. Dr. Bunge (Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil) the latter being an entity in Switzerland regarding the subject of processing IBA-material.

The goal is to downsize, liberate and clean all IBA material to an end-fraction of < 5mm and to recover as many metals as technically possible in a way to allow the landfill at the Deponie Elbisgraben. As in Switzerland it is prohibited by law to use IBA-material e.g. for road construction and/or other applications landfill requests a prior separation of metal and IBA-material. Landfilled material must not contain a maximum of more than 1% non-ferrous metals. The new plant achieves a value under 0,22%.

A healthy and logical process-flow

The unprocessed and pre-conditioned IBA-material is loaded into a bunker where the +250 mm is separated by a tilting grid. Afterwards the 0-250 mm fraction is sieved at 40mm, the 40-250 mm fraction continues to an electromagnet and manual sorting cabin for recovery of ferrous, non-ferrous, stainless steel, copper coils, unburned and mineral components.

The 0-40mm fraction is further sieved at 5 mm, creating a 0-5 mm and 5-40 mm fraction to render possible an optimal metal recovery by the latest material spreading and metal recovery techniques. These techniques such as active clean vibratory feeders, low intensity magnetic separation and high intensity Eddy Current separation make sure a maximum recovery of metals is achieved. Directly after sieving, the 5-40mm fraction is first treated by an electro over band magnet taking out clean ferrous and then processed by an active clean vibratory feeder to allow a perfect wide distribution of the material.

Afterwards the Eddy Current recovers the non-ferrous metals which are directed towards the metal storage bay. The remaining mineral fraction of this Eddy Current is forwarded to an impact crusher, liberating more metals that are bound with minerals and cleaning the stainless steel fraction that is not separated by the conventional magnets and Eddy Current. The crushed material is then looped back into the 5 mm sieve and finds its way back to the non-ferrous metals separation stages.

The stainless steel parts, mainly sized between 5-40 mm (including bigger pieces such as forks, spoons and knives) travels through the plant until being released into a container by a reversing conveyor belt.

The 0-5 mm fraction is separately forwarded into a “waterfall” distribution and separation set-up, consisting of an active clean vibration feeder for perfect wide distribution of the material to ensure the best possible separation efficiency, both on the low intensity magnetic separator module and in the 2.000 mm wide high magnetic density and frequency Eddy Current separator. In the end a clean and downsized IBA fraction exits the plant and goes to landfill. The overall input capacity of the installation is 30T/hr. The metal separation is very efficient at times even achieving better values than 0,22% of non-ferrous metals in the 0-5 mm end product. The ROI comes totally from the metal recovery. The installation will be running and exploited for the next 10 years to come.

IBA Treatment facilities

In general there are many ways to process your IBA materials into re-usable IBAA aggregates and recycled secondary metal fractions. IBA downsizing, metal liberation and material fractionizing are healthy ways to follow and to connect your process to that type of thought. Every situation is different in relation to legislations, material types, pre-processing, type of incineration, material storage, et cetera. TRS BV is able to make a quick inventory of the situation and adapt to the local and necessary issues. With these features taken into consideration, often a very pragmatic, simple and as a result of that, economically feasible project will arise.

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