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6 Types of Coal Crusher: Which Is Best for Crushing My Coal?

Author : Jordan Last Updated :

Coal is a sedimentary rock composed of plant organic matter and inorganic matter. It includes crashing bituminous coal, smokeless coal, lignite coal and freezing coal. Coal is softer and more easily broken than granite and basalt.

Cement clinker plants and power plants both use crushed coal or powder as the main fuel. This not only reduces the risk of spontaneous combustion, but also enables coal to burn efficiently and facilitate transportation.

Cement clinker plants and power plants both use crushed coal or powder as the main fuel.

To ensure that coal is not affected by over-crushing while achieving the required particle size and output requirements, FTM Machinery will help you choose the optimal coal crusher machine.

1. Jaw crusher

The jaw crushers are popular primary crushers for coal. They are often used in mines and quarries where large amounts of coal are mined.

The working principle of the jaw crusher is to use compression force to compress coal between a fixed jaw and a movable jaw for coarse crushing. The jaws are lined with hard materials such as manganese steel to help crush coal.

Coal Jaw Crusher

  • Capacity: 1-2,200 t/h
  • Feed size: ≤1,200 mm
  • Output size: 10-350 mm
  • Advantages: Sturdy and durable, high crushing ratio, large feed size, large output, uniform particle size, minimum fine powder, simple structure
  • Disadvantages: Requires more maintenance for the wearing part of jaw plate, inefficient at handling sticky materials, dust pollution

2. Gyratory crusher

The gyratory crushers are rarely used in the coal industry, but they can be used for primary crushing of large dry or slightly wet coal. They have a larger feed opening than the jaw crusher and a larger output.

A gyratory crusher works by compressing the coal between a mantle and a fixed concave liner, similar to a cone crusher.

Gyratory crusher

  • Production output: 2,354-14,082 t/h
  • Feed size: 1,350 mm
  • Advantages: High output and continuous operation, unlimited feed size, high crushing ratio, small discharge particle size, no dust pollution
  • Disadvantages: High initial cost, complex structure and high maintenance costs, no dust pollution, materials cannot contain too much moisture

3. Double toothed roll crusher

The double toothed roll crushers are one of the most economical and practical medium and fine crushers. They are very popular among small coal processing plants.

The double toothed roll crusher is suitable for crushing medium-hard coal with high moisture content (more than 25%), such as raw coal, coke, lignite, and activated carbon.

A double toothed roll crusher consists of two parallel toothed rollers. The working principle is that two rotating rollers rotate in opposite directions, squeezing and breaking the coal between them to form more uniform particles.

Double toothed roll crusher

  • Capacity: 3-110 t/h
  • Feed size: ≤30 mm
  • Output size: 2-10 mm
  • Advantages: Wide range of material adaptability, not easy to block, low over-grinding rate, uniform and cubic finished particles, low maintenance, low energy consumption
  • Disadvantages: Smaller output than other crushers, noisy, require more maintenance

4. Impact crusher

The impact crushers are ideal for the secondary and tertiary crushing of coal with high moisture content. They are used behind the jaw crusher and rarely suffer from blockage or motor burnout.

The impact crusher consists of a rotor with hammers or blow bars. Its working principle is to use the impact force of the high-speed rotor to perform medium and fine crushing on coal.

Impact crusher

  • Capacity: 1-2,000 t/h
  • Feed size: ≤800 mm
  • Output size: 2-80 mm
  • Advantages: Extremely high crushing efficiency, crushing ratio of 50-60, very uniform discharge particle size, easy maintenance, low energy consumption
  • Disadvantages: Easy to wear due to high-speed impact, may produce noise, and dust pollution

5. Hammer crusher

The hammer crushers are the choice of most coal plants because they can handle medium to bituminous coals of varying hardness. A single hammermill crusher can break coal into shape at one time, integrating coarse and medium crushing, saving process and investment costs.

The hammer crusher works by using a series of rotating hammers to crush material and produce fine powders.

Hammer crusher

  • Capacity: 1-3,000 t/h
  • Feed size: ≤1,000 mm
  • Output size: 5-35 mm
  • Advantages: Simplified crushing process, large crushing ratio, uniform output size, less over-crushing rate, simple structure, easy to operate and maintain, more cost-effective than other crushers
  • Disadvantages: Not ideal for high moisture coal (exceeding 10%), easy to clog, not fine discharging particle size, dust pollution

6. Mobile coal crusher

Compared with the above fixed coal crusher types, the mobile crusher (also called the mobile crushing station) can move freely and can be easily moved around harsh sites or work sites.

Each coal crusher can be combined with the screening equipment (such as vibrating screen) and loaded on the mobile crusher to form an efficient coal crushing and screening production line.

Mobile coal crusher

  • Capacity: 1-700 t/h
  • Feed size: ≤1,000 mm
  • Output size: 2-180 mm
  • Advantages: Shorter installation time, lower transportation costs, environmentally friendly
  • Disadvantages: Difficult maintenance due to complex parts

Coal crushers recommended by FTM Machinery

The selection of coal crushing equipment mainly depends on the input size of raw coal, the moisture of the coal, and the production scale (output) of the plant.

Of course, the output size and the final use of coal also need to be considered, such as 0-25 mm for gas furnaces, 8-25 mm for steam locomotives, 6-25 mm for industrial furnaces, and 0-25 mm for coal-fired power plants.

In addition, the entire coal processing plant must be considered to make the coal crushing plant compatible with the equipment of the screening plant, powder grinding plant, and coal wash plant, such as vibrating screens, coal mills, rotary dryers, etc.

Coal processing plant

The following are commonly used equipment combinations in the coal crushing plants:

  • Hammer crusher + vibrating screen: Use a hammer crusher directly to achieve one-time molding and replace coarse crushing, medium crushing, and fine crushing,&
  • Jaw crusher + impact crusher + vibrating screen: Suitable for factories that have high requirements for output size and capacity
  • Jaw crusher + double roller crusher + vibrating screen: Suitable for coal with high water content, which is not easy to block and produces finer discharge particle size
  • Mobile impact crusher station + vibrating screen: Move at any time to quickly put into production so as to meet your needs for output and granularity

Note that cone crushers are not commonly used for coal. This is because coal breaks easily and does not require the force that a cone crusher can provide. Moreover, the cone crusher will produce more fine powder than other crushers.

After crushing, coal will produce a large amount of waste of coal gangue and dust. The coal gangue can be recycled. The coal ash can be collected by a dust collector, or it can be used for making Portland cement or charcoal briquettes.

Author : Jordan Jordan is the writer of the blog with a broad knowledge of this industry. Most importantly, he hopes to help you in your projects sincerely.

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