Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM2186 - Surface Mining and Mine Transport (2012)

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MODULE TITLESurface Mining and Mine Transport CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODECSM2186 MODULE CONVENERDr Andrew Wetherelt (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 9
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 40
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

This module looks at the Surface Mining industry and examines both the machinery that is utilised along with its associated methodologies, which are both critically examined and discussed. The Mine Transport section of the module focuses predominately on the four principle methods of underground mine transport. This part of the module relies heavily on numerical examples to show how the transport methods are both selected and optimised.

 

Prior knowledge skills should preferably include CSM1029

This module is unsuitable for non-specialist students

This module is not recommended for interdisciplinary pathways

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)

On successful completion of this module you should be able to demonstrate:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge

1.An understanding of the types of surface mines and when they are best used
2.An understanding of the design stages involved in preparing a final mine layout from initial geological and engineering information
3.An appreciation of the types of equipment used in surface mines and quarries, and its selection
4.An ability to apply knowledge of basic engineering principles to real engineering situations and predict equipment performance
5.An ability to design systems to meet a given specification

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge

6.The ability to undertake synthesis of information and create responses in terms of advanced knowledge
 

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge

7.The use of computer-based resources in the production of a technical document
 

 

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 Ö–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
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 36.00 Guided Independent Study 114.00 Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 36 Lectures
     
     

 

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
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Examination 70 1.5 hours 1-5 Tutor meeting
Tutorial questions - locmotives 15 500 words 4, 6-7 Written
Tutorial questions - conveyors 15 500 words 4, 6-7 Written

 

       

 

       
         
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-reassessment
Summative assessment Additional assessment As above August Ref/Def period
Examination Additional examination As above August Ref/Def period
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above 1 piece of CW 30% and/or 1 Exam 70%

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

                     

 

S.C.W.alker,  1989. Mine Winding and Transport, Elsevier

                                                                             

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Hustrulid, W. and Kuchta, M Open Pit Mine Planning and Design Rotterdam / Brookfield 1995 [Library]
Set Hartman, Howard L. (Eds.) Mining Engineering Handbook 2nd Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Inc. Colorado. 1992 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES CSM1029
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 2 (NQF Level 5) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Wednesday 27 June 2012 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 17 October 2012
KEY WORDS SEARCH Surface Mining, Mine Transport.