Mechanical rock excavation processes ensure an almost continuous extraction process when extraction, loading and transport can be combined into a single process. Over the past decades a lot of reserach was carried out to improve excavation technologies by a so-called activation of excavation processes e.g. by high pressure water jets or through an activation of … Continue reading Activated rock excavation machines – vision or fiction?!
‘It is always dark ahead of the pick!’ This centuries-old miners’ expression reveals the still persisting uncertainty about rock properties during exploration and extraction processes. It is still difficult to predict what a drill rig or a cutting machine will encounter during operation. Therefore, during the RealTime Mining project different sensors or sensor combinations were … Continue reading Machine performance and Acoustic fingerprints of cutting and drilling
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
This paper describes the influence of high-power microwave irradiation on the forces needed to cut granite with a conical pick. Granite samples have been irradiated with 24 kW at 2450 MHz with an open ended waveguide. The effect of microwave treatment was assessed by linear cutting tests with a conical pick. Microwave irradiation lead to … Continue reading Experimental Study on Microwave Assisted Hard Rock Cutting of Granite