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The use of discrete event simulation for underground haulage mining equipment selection
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Mining and Geotechnical Engineering.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Mining and Geotechnical Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2306-9241
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Mining and Geotechnical Engineering.
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Mining and Mineral Engineering, ISSN 1754-890X, E-ISSN 1754-8918, Vol. 5, no 3, p. 256-271Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The selection of equipment for haulage and transportation in underground mines is a challenge due to its impact on both production rates and costs. An under-dimensioned equipment fleet causes production losses, an over-dimensioned equipment fleet involves unnecessary additional capital costs as well as increased risk for traffic disturbances in the mine. Moreover, the combination of haulage and loading equipment needs to be optimized, the size of the different equipment types should create an optimal match for the complete system and also, the point in time when equipment is to be added or removed needs to be identified and well known before the change is made. Analytical methods are the traditional tools for equipment selection and these methods are still common, although the use of other tools such as discrete event simulation has been increasing during the last 10 years. In this paper, the use of discrete event simulation for equipment selection is discussed, and a case study where discrete event simulation was used to compare two different haulage units with the aim of improving production in an existing mine is presented. An overview of simulation of mining operations and an overview of analytical methods for equipment selection are also presented.

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2014. Vol. 5, no 3, p. 256-271
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Other Civil Engineering
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Mining and Rock Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-11775DOI: 10.1504/IJMME.2014.064486Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84907011107Local ID: aca59c68-943d-46a0-886a-b9a8e4268a8fOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-11775DiVA, id: diva2:984725
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Validerad; 2014; 20130402 (abusal)

Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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