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Computer graphics simulations comparing reduced exposure mining equipment: shuttle cars versus continuous haulage systems.

Authors
Ambrose-DH
Source
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9418, 1994 Jan; :1-18
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
20039257
Abstract
The U.S. Bureau of Mines recently developed computer graphic simulations to characterize mining scenarios, specifically for room-and-pillar mining operations in a 3-entry longwall development section. These simulations compare productivity between computer-assisted shuttle car and continuous haulage system concepts. One of the continuous haulage system concepts has bolting capabilities that supplement its haulage function. Simulations showed the continuous haulage system to be more time efficient than the shuttle car system. Researchers can reuse the simulation code (e.g., mining rates and equipment capacities can be changed) should investigators care to compare production of other mining scenarios. Using computer graphics simulation, researchers found computer model design modification flaws and mining scenario conceptual errors. This report documents the computer graphic model and simulation developments and discusses some of the results and observations from the simulations.
Keywords
Computer-models; Longwall-mining; Mining-industry; Simulation-methods; Mine-haulage; Continuous-miners; Mining-engineering; Underground-mining; Productivity; Computer-graphics; Computerized-simulation; Mining-equipment; Coal-mining; Room-and-pillar-mining
Publication Date
19940101
Document Type
Information Circular
Fiscal Year
1994
NTIS Accession No.
PB95-170643
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
IC-9418
NIOSH Division
PRC
Source Name
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9418
State
PA
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