The Real Time Mining project is an ongoing Horizon2020 project over four years (2015-2019) comprising of 14 project partners (among them TU Delft, TU Freiberg, Imperial College London, TNO Netherlands and various industry partners).
As part of this project, the Institute for Advanced Mining Technologies (AMT) and other project partners have carried out research to develop a real-time framework that enables European raw material extraction to become more efficient and environmentally friendly by enabling continuous process monitoring and management.
In order to develop the foundations for real-time monitoring, recording and evaluating sensor data is a key. Sensor data collected includes information about the material, machine performance, and the position of different machines.
Within the project framework, the Institute for Advanced Mining Technologies (AMT) focuses on mateiral characterization, machine performance data, and the development of an underground positioning system.
For material characterization in particular, AMT has been testing acoustic emission technology to create an acoustic fingerprint of the cutting process, allowing delineations of energy demand and, through information about the formation of cracks in the rock, of the material to be gathered during the cutting process.
Laboratory results in the AMT RockCutting Center and at the company T-Machinery in the Czech Republic showed that it was possible to create an acoustic fingerprint of the entire cutting process.
For more information please visit the Real Time Mining Website
This project has been awarded funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 641989