Pangeo 2020 in Cooperation with EUREG

Pangeo is the major conference for geoscientific topics in Austria. It is organized bianially. The next edition will feature special EUREG sessions dedicated at mining, rock mechanics and mechanical excavation. While SMC in Aachen will take place in only two months, also preparations for next year's featured EUREG conference are starting. EUREG will cooperate with … Continue reading Pangeo 2020 in Cooperation with EUREG

How to improve mechanical hard rock excavation?

It is important to have reliable prediction methods for mechanical excavation tools. I.e. when pre-damage methods like high-power microwaves, lasers, water jets or others are applied theoretical investigations on the possible improvements are inevitable. Montanuniversitaet Leoben performed two different studies on the subject (one for roadheaders, one for full-face tunnel boring machines). See the abstracts … Continue reading How to improve mechanical hard rock excavation?

The importance of research on alternative and hybrid rock extraction methods

With the increasing complexity of currently mined deposits, their depth and the long lead up time to first prodcution, and many more ecologic and economic factors traditonal mining methods come to their limits. There is a strong need to shift current economic boarders of excavation of raw materials.
New, alternative fragmentation concepts play a very impottant role in this future development.

Alternative rock-cutting lab at Montanuniversitaet Leoben

The Chair of Mining engineering at Montanuniversitaet Leoben has a strong focus on alternative rock fragmentation technologies. The major focus lies on high-power microwave irradiation for pre-conditioning hard rocks prior to mechanical excavation. The available laboratory infrastructure consists of a 30¬†kW microwave fracturing apparatus, fully equipped rock mechanics and micro-analytical laboratories and extended computer infrastructure … Continue reading Alternative rock-cutting lab at Montanuniversitaet Leoben