Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM2186 - Surface Mining and Mine Transport (2020)

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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 11 0 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 30
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

In this module, you will learn about the surface mining industry, and examine both the machinery that practitioners use, along with its associated methodologies, which you will critically examine and discuss. The Mine Transport section of the module focuses predominately on the four principle methods of underground mine transport and relies heavily on numerical examples to show how the transport methods are both selected and optimised.

Pre-Requisite module: CSM1029; or equivalent.

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 your understanding of the techniques of surface mining and equipment used. Additionally this module examines the methods of mine transport that practitioners may well use in an underground operation. It also aims to extend your 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:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1 Understand the types of surface mines and when they are best used;

2 Comprehend the design stages involved in preparing a final mine layout from initial geological and engineering information;

3 Appreciate the types of equipment used in surface mines and quarries, and its selection;

4 Apply knowledge of basic engineering principles to real engineering situations and predict equipment performance;

5 Design systems to meet a given specification;

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

6 undertake synthesis of information and create responses in terms of advanced knowledge;

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge:

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

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

- 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;

- 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;

- 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;

- 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;

- 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;

- 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;

- 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 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 36 Lectures
Guided Independent Study 114 Private Study
     

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Not Applicable      

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 30 Written Exams 70 Practical Exams 0
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
Prepare Mining Presentation Material 15 500 words 4, 6-7 Written
Mining Fleet Calculations 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, one piece of Coursework (30%), and/or one 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

Basic Reading:

ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/

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

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Hartman, Howard L. (Eds.) Mining Engineering Handbook 2nd Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Inc. Colorado. 1992 [Library]
Set Hustrulid, W. and Kuchta, M. Open Pit Mine Planning and Design Rotterdam / Brookfield 1995 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES CSM1029
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 5 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 06 July 2017 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 16 September 2020
KEY WORDS SEARCH Surface Mining; Mine Transport