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Safety, productivity and the right to operate are priorities for open cut mine research. We have supported work on an automated swing loading system for electric shovels, the science of rehabilitation and minimising mining impacts on neighbouring communities.


Coal Extraction (13 Reports)

Detection of Top of Coal During Overburden Blast Hole Drilling

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C305120/02/1995
Author: Ross Seedsman | Coffey Partners International

This report summarises work on stage 1 and 2 of a program to develop a system to detect the top of coal during overburden blast hole drilling. The benefits of such a system are seen to be the attainment of a reliable and accurate stand off from  ....  read more

 

Dozer Trak System Phase 2

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C304530/12/1993
Author: David Hall | HNK Technologies

The DOZERTRAK system uses a laser guided tracking theodolite or GPS to determine the position of a moving target attached to a dozer. The positional information is combined with other sensors and processed by an on-board computer to determine the position of the cutting edge of the blade. The ....  read more

 

Dozertrak

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C305604/03/1995
Author: David Hall, J Keays | HNK Technologies

The DOZERTRAK system uses a laser guided tracking theodolite or GPS to determine the position of a moving target attached to a dozer. The positional information is combined with other sensors and processed by an on-board computer to determine the position of the cutting edge of the blade. ....  read more

 

Final Phase of Low Activity Probe and Face Ash Analyser Development

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C400801/04/1998
Author: Mihai Borsaru, Jack Charbucinski, Richard Dixon, Z Jency, C McKay | CSIRO Exploration & Mining

A hand held Coal Face Ash Analyser was developed with an ACARP grant. Four prototype instruments were constructed from aluminium. The instrument weighs 2 kg and is using two gamma-ray microsources: 133Ba and 137Cs of ....  read more

 

In-Situ and Off-Belt Bulk Analysis for Calorific Value and Partial Elemental Composition of Coal

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C501101/02/1999
Author: Mihai Borsaru and Z Jecny | CSIRO Exploration & Mining

This project dealt with the development of new techniques to provide in-situ and off-belt bulk analysis of coal for: slagging index; density; ash content; direct estimates of silica (Si), alumina (Al) and iron content (Fe). The technique employed was prompt ....  read more

 

Low Radioactivity Coal Face Analyser/Probe

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C300928/03/1995
Author: Mihai Borsaru, C Ceravolo, Jack Charbucinski, T Tchen | CSIRO Exploration & Mining

The raw ash content of coal is an important parameter for determining coal quality and a number of techniques have been developed in the past for measurement in-situ, before mining (in boreholes or at the coal face) or after mining (on conveyor belts). These techniques are becoming more and ....  read more

 

Mine - Plant Interaction (including Software)

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C803601/01/2002
Author: Peter Holtham, Andrew Scott, Chui Tay | JKMRC, University of Queensland

This project commenced in February 1999 with the objective of developing a general-purpose PC-based software tool to evaluate the performance of the complete mine-plant-shipping coal chain.

The tool estimates the loss and dilution resulting from using different mining methods under ....  read more

 

Optimisation of Dozer Operations in Open Cut Mines (including workbook)

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C500801/12/1998
Author: Mehmet Doktan, Andrew Scott, Alan Cocker | JKMRC

This project has developed guidelines for the use of dozers in coal seam preparation operations with particular emphasis on minimising the generation of coal fines by optimising dozer operations.  ....  read more

 

Quantification of Geological Uncertainty and Risk Assessment in Resource/Reserve Classification Volumes 1 and 2 (including GeoCoal Software)

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C1104201/06/2005
Author: Roussos Dimitrakopoulos, Justin Scott, Shuxing Li | University of Qld

The coal mining industry is reliant on forecasting and monitoring of coal resources and reserves. Geological uncertainty and risk impact heavily upon coal resource assessments, reserve forecasts and long-term planning. Reliability and confidence, transparency and technical defendability are ....  read more

 

Rangal Structural Supermodel 2002

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C1203901/12/2004
Author: Guy Le Blanc Smith | CSIRO Exploration & Mining

The aim of this project was to build an accessible quantitative three-dimensional (3D) visual information model of the Rangal Coal Measures structure from existing site data. This project targeted the southern mining areas in the vicinity of Blackwater and northwards to Middlemount. This ....  read more

 

The Assessment and Control of Coal Damage and Loss

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C301730/09/1995
Author: Andrew Scott, Ray Wedmaier | University of Queensland

This study was a two year project undertaken by the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre in conjunction with the open cut coal mining industry.

The project was designed to provide a coordinated investigation of coal reconciliation procedures, coal damage, loss and dilution ....  read more

 

The Use of Electrical Resistivity Imaging to Map Coal Seams

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C1204101/08/2004
Author: Ian Wood | Subsurface Imaging, Adelaide University, Geostudi Astier

Subsurface Imaging, University of Adelaide and Geostudi Astier formed a collaborative team to investigate and develop the use of Electrical Resistivity Imaging techniques in the coal industry of Australia.

The objective of this project was to pave the way for ....  read more

 

Top of Coal Program

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C400601/12/1997
Author: Janice Sendt | Thomson Marconi Sonar

This report summarises work on Phase III of the Top of Coal project to develop a system to detect the top of coal during overburden blast hole drilling. The project aims to develop a system capable of displaying to operators reliable and accurate stand-off ....  read more

 

Underground

Health and safety, productivity and environment initiatives.

Recently Completed Projects

C24066Development Of An Alternative Electronic Spark Test Apparatus

Since a high profile incident in 1998, where two widely deployed IS cert...

C23005Use Of Plastic Metal In Underground Coal Mines For Minor Repair On Flameproof Equipment

The potential for a gas or dust explosion arising from hot work and ...

C25070Shuttle Car Steering System Optimisation

The condition of roadways in underground mines is of great importance, a...

Underground

Open Cut

Safety, productivity and the right to operate are priorities for open cut mine research.

Recently Completed Projects

C21028Automated Design Of Multi-Pass Dragline Strips Using 3D-Dig

This project aimed  to research, develop and implement a design...

C25030Guidelines For Coal Mine Open Pit Final Void Closure And Relinquishment - Addressing Uncertainty In Coal Mine Environmental Planning

This report addresses uncertainties faced by coal mine operators whe...

C25029Open Path Boundary Monitoring

The objective of this work was to investigate suitable options and imple...

Open Cut

Coal Preparation

Maximising throughput and yield while minimising costs and emissions.

Recently Completed Projects

C22031Investigation Of The Graviton Separator At Pilot Scale

Vast quantities of fine coal, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, are...

C24046Online Particle Size Monitoring In Coal Preparation

The principle of using laser diffraction as a means of measuring a v...

C24048Thickener Underflow Monitor

The aim of this project was to develop an instrument that is capable of ...

Coal Preparation

Technical Market Support

Market acceptance and emphasising the advantages of Australian coals.

Recently Completed Projects

C24060Structural Differences Between Coking Coals Of The Sydney Basin And Other Sources

Cokes made from Australian coals of relatively low fluidity can have...

C25045Stage One - Assessment Of In Situ High-Temperature Strength Of Cokes

A typical high-CSR Australian coke was subjected to high-temperature...

C24053Effect Of Coke Reactivity Upon Coke Strength With Focus On Microstructure

The primary aim of this project was to examine changes in the microstruc...

Technical Market Support

Mine Site Greenhouse Mitigation

Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from the production of coal.

Recently Completed Projects

C19054VAM Enrichment With A Two-Stage Adsorption Process

Treatment of ventilation air methane (VAM) with cost-effective technolog...

C24017Improving Methods For Quantifying Fugitive Emissions From Open Cut Coal Mining

Fugitive emissions from open cut coal mines are usually estimated fo...

C21065Flame Arresting Mechanisms And Flameproof Device For VAM Mitigation

The overall goal of this project was to study the gas flammability limit...

Mine Site Greenhouse Mitigation

Low Emission Coal Use

Step-change technologies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Recently Completed Projects

C17060BGasification Of Australian Coals

Four Australian coals were trialled in the Siemens 5 MWth pilot scale ga...

C17060AOxyfuel Technology For Carbon Capture And Storage Critical Clean Coal Technology - Interim Support

The status of oxy-fuel technology for first-generation plant is indicate...

C18007Review Of Underground Coal Gasification

This report consists of a broad review of underground coal gasification,...

Low Emission Coal Use

Mining And The Community

The relationship between mines and the local community.

Recently Completed Projects

C22029Understanding And Managing Cumulative Impacts Of Coal Mining And Other Land Uses In Regions With Diversified Economies

The coal industry operates in the context of competing land-uses that sh...

C23016Approval And Planning Assessment Of Black Coal Mines In NSW And Qld: A Review Of Economic Assessment Techniques

This reports on issues surrounding economic assessment and analysis ...

C19025Governance Strategies To Manage And Monitor Cumulative Impacts At The Local And Regional Level

ACARP levy contributors should order this report in the normal manner – ...

Mining And The Community

NERDDC

National Energy Research,Development & Demonstration Council (NERDDC) reports - pre 1992.

Recently Completed Projects

1609-C1609Self Heating of Spoil Piles from Open Cut Coal Mines

Self Heating of Spoil Piles from Open Cut Coal Mines

1301-C1301Stress Control Methods for Optimised Development...

Stress Control Methods for Optimised Development and Extraction Operations

0033-C1356Commissioned Report: Australian Thermal Coals...

Commissioned Report: Australian Thermal Coals - An Industry Handbook

NERDDC