Optimising Design Parameters of Continuous Mining Transport Systems Using Discrete Event Simulation
The ground articulating pipeline (GAP) system was developed to transport oil sand using a continuous transport system. This paper proposes a simulation-based optimisation approach to improve the efficiency of oil sand continuous transport systems at the operational level. Based on the analysis of shovel capacity, the authors recommend that this GAP transfer system should operate with a 70-ton capacity shovel. They also recommend that a surge hopper should be introduced on the mobile slurry system to maximise productivity of the GAP system. This simulation approach can be applied to crushers and conveyor belt systems.
S. Que et al., "Optimising Design Parameters of Continuous Mining Transport Systems Using Discrete Event Simulation," International Journal of Mining, Reclamation and Environment, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 217-230, Taylor & Francis, Jan 2016.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1080/17480930.2015.1037056
Mining and Nuclear Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Belt conveyors; Oil sands; Optimization; Pipelines; Shovels; Transportation; Continuous minings; Conveyor belt system; Ground articulating pipeline; Operational level; Optimisations; Simulation approach; Simulation based optimisation; Transport systems; Discrete event simulation; Computer simulation; Design; Discrete element method; Mining; Oil sand; Optimization; Pipeline; Slurry; Continuous transport system; Ground articulating pipeline(GAP)
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01 Jan 2016