Surface mining and geotechnics 311

Module code PMY 311
Qualification Undergraduate
Faculty Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology
Module content

Surface mining methods: Introduction, classification of ore reserves and terminology. Earth moving: Loading shovels and methods, haulage trucks, productivity and tires, introduction to bucket wheel excavators, conveyor systems and in-pit crushers, in-pit crushing-conveying system, application of draglines and terminology. Introduction to mine planning, mine development phases, block modelling, methods of sequencing, stripping ratios and breakeven ratios. Introduction to mining environment, rehabilitation and closure, integrated environmental management, environmental impact studies, water management and rehabilitation planning and costing. Geotechnics include understanding discontinuities in rock mass, stereo nets, cohesion and friction. Rock behaviour pertaining to excavations, understanding plane, circular and wedge failures, Rock slope safety factors. Slope stabilisation, neutral line theory, effects of water in a slope, monitoring of slopes and instruments available for slope stability monitoring, Risk concepts pertaining to slopes and a case study is discussed.   Aspects of the Mine Health and Safety Act are also dealt with.

Module credits 16.00
Prerequisites PMY 210
Contact time 2 tutorials per week, 3 lectures per week
Language of tuition Module is presented in English
Department Mining Engineering
Period of presentation Semester 1

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