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Three-dimensional graphics simulator for testing mine machine computer-controlled algorithms - phase 1 development.
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9314, 1992 Jan; :1-17
Using three-dimensional (3-D) graphics computing to evaluate new technologies for computer-assisted mining systems illustrates how these visual techniques can redefine the way researchers look at raw scientific data. The U.S. Bureau of Mines is using 3-D graphics computing to obtain cheaply, easily, and quickly information about the operation and design of current and proposed mechanical coal and metal-nonmetal mining systems. Bureau engineers developed a graphics simulator for a continuous miner that enables a realistic test for experimental software that controls the functions of a machine. Some of the specific simulated functions of the continuous miner are machine motion, appendage motion, machine position, and machine sensors. The simulator uses data files generated in the laboratory or mine using a computer-assisted mining machine. The data file contains information from a laser-based guidance system and a data acquisition system that records all control commands given to a computer-assisted mining machine. This report documents the first phase in developing the simulator and discusses simulator requirements, features of the initial simulator, and several examples of its application. During this endeavor, Bureau engineers discovered and appreciated the simulator's potential to assist their investigations of machine controls and navigation systems.
Control-theory; Mining-engineering; Control-equipment; Motion; Position-location; Sensors; Algorithms; Mining-equipment; Computer-graphics; Computerized-simulation
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Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9314
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division