Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM2042 - Surface Mining and Mine Transport (2011)

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MODULE TITLESurface Mining and Mine Transport CREDIT VALUE10
MODULE CODECSM2042 MODULE CONVENERDr Andrew Wetherelt (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated)
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content
AIMS - intentions of the module
The principle aim of this module is to develop student understanding of the techniques of surface mining and equipment used. Additionally this module examines the methods of mine transport that may well be utilised in an underground operation. It aims to extend the understanding of engineering principles in relation to the handling and transport of men and materials.
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)
SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module
Week 1 Types of surface mines - Strip, terrace and open-pit mines. The differences between them, when they are used and examples of each. Wire ropes - their use in winding and haulage systems. Rope construction, performance characteristics, sizing and selection. Week 2 Surface Mining Equipment - Its use, selection and economics Mine Hoisting systems – layout of plant and methods of operation and testing. Determination of performance and design to meet required performance criteria. Week 3 Loading shovels - Rope and hydraulic shovels - design and cost differences. Diesel or electric motivation - design and cost implications. Selection of and calculation of size required for mining applications. Truck spotting and loader operating methods and their implications on productivity. Locomotive hauled systems – performance and selection of locomotives to meet output requirements – diesel and battery powered systems. Traction and braking equations, limiting, ideal and optimum gradients. Week 4 Front end loader - design and use. Selection criteria between front end loaders and shovels. Haulage trucks - Mechanical and electric drives - design and cost implications. Fuel consumption. Trolley assist methods to reduce consumption and improve overall efficiency. Belt conveyors-design and construction of belt systems. Selection of belt type and determination of load carrying capacity and power requirements. Week 5 Selecting trucks - matching size and number of (to excavating equipment). In-pit crushers - Types of installations, the economics and mine planning implications of their use. Week 6 Dragline mining methods - Walking and track mounted draglines. Economics of size and type. Mining methods used. Range diagrams and dragline selection calculations. Bucket wheel excavators - General design of machines. Operating methods. Size selection criteria and economics of use. Week 7 Mine design stages - The feasibility approach to design. From raw geology to a working mine layout. Cut off grades. Mine optimisation, both manual and with computer software. Computer design processes - Geological models, mine economics, design and scheduling. Relevant legislation covering the operation, maintenance, selection and testing of all the machinery dealt with in the module
LEARNING AND TEACHING
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ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 30 Written Exams 70 Practical Exams
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DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
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CREDIT VALUE 10 ECTS VALUE 5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 2 (NQF Level 5) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 15 December 2011 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 15 December 2011
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