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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

C25060Development Of Borehole Shear Monitoring Device For Routine Application In Coal Mine Roadways

This project outlines the development of a cost effective, routine s...

C26063Reliable Estimation Of Horizontal Stress Magnitudes From Borehole Breakout Data

The main objective of the project is to develop a reliable and simpl...

C26053Predict Stress State And Geotechnical Conditions Near Major Geological Structures Using Microseismic Technology And Distinct Element Modelling

Stress state and geotechnical conditions often change significantly ...

Underground

Open Cut

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

Recently Completed Projects

C25031Developing Closure Criteria For River Diversions: An Alternative To Reference Sites

The use of reference sites for establishing closure criteria in area...

C25025Guidelines For Estimating Coal Measure Rock Mass Strength From Laboratory Properties - Report A Empirical Approach And Report B Synthetic Rock Mass Models

This report combined different approaches to investigate the estimat...

C27074Tyre Integrity Monitoring

Driving mine trucks with underinflated and overloaded tyres subjects...

Open Cut

Coal Preparation

Maximising throughput and yield while minimising costs and emissions.

Recently Completed Projects

C25019Adaptation Of Coal Grain Analysis To Improve Flotation Yield Estimation

This project involved sampling of full-scale flotation circuits at ...

C250083D Flotation Of Fine Particles

In this project a process for the continuous, selective agglomeratio...

C25012Dewatering Of Ultrafine Coals And Tailings By Centrifugation: Pilot Scale Studies

Dewatering of ultrafine coal and tailings is a big challenge to the ...

Coal Preparation

Technical Market Support

Market acceptance and emphasising the advantages of Australian coals.

Recently Completed Projects

C27036Improved Understanding Of Coke Quality Using 3D Immersive Visualisation And Statistical Characterisation Of Microstructure Properties

This project carried out an explorative study into the use of a 3D v...

C27047Combustion Characteristics Of Australian Export Thermal Coal Using Advanced Imaging Techniques

During pulverised fuel combustion, coal particles are rapidly pyroly...

C26044Physical And Chemical Interactions Occurring During Cokemaking And Their Influence On Coke Strength

This project builds onto a previous project , C24055 in which macera...

Technical Market Support

Mine Site Greenhouse Gas Mitigation

Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from the production of coal.

Recently Completed Projects

C26004CFD Modelling Of Reverse Thermal Oxidisers For VAM Abatement - CFD Modelling Of Fixed-Bed RTO Devices

The project is part of a larger multi‐phase program of study a...

C27058Technological Assessment Of A Recycle Reactor For VAM Abatement

Underground coal mining emits high volumes of methane, diluted in ve...

C27008Selective Absorption Of Methane By Ionic Liquids

The connection of a ventilation air methane (VAM) abatement plant di...

Mine Site Greenhouse Gas 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

C16027Assessing Housing And Labour Market Impacts Of Mining Developments In Bowen Basin Communities

The focus of this ACARP-funded project has been to identify a number...

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 ...

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