Study of Deep Ocean Mining Operational Economics. Vol. 1. Simulation Development and Study of Obstacle Effects.
NTIS: PB/80-219470 :58 pages
This report presents a deep ocean mining operational simulation that is capable of describing the response of the bottom collection unit to specified mining ship maneuvers and the corresponding operation of the mining ship maneuvering system. Bathymetry, obstacles, collector and pipe dynamics, and ship maneuvering capabilities are included in the simulation. The simulation is capable of evaluating the technical requirements and operating costs for specified mine plans. Results are useful in assessing mine size requirements and provide operating cost estimates useful as inputs to deep ocean mining economic feasibility assessments. The simulation is used to determine the consequence of obstacles to mining system operations in terms of impact on mine size requirements and reduced production arising from obstacle avoidance maneuvers of a towed (unsteered) collector.
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Science Applications, Inc.