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Ventilation Requirement for ‘Electric’ Underground Hard Rock Mines: A Conceptual Study
Western Australian School of Mines, Curtin University.
Barrick Australia Pacific, Kanowna Belle Mine & Western Australian.
2013 (English)In: The Australian Mine Ventilation Conference 2013: 1-3 July 2013, Adelaide, South Australia ; [proceedings] / [ed] Duncan Chalmers, Carlton, Vic: The Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy , 2013, 215-220 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The electric power price in mining countries such as Australia and South Africa has increased significantly in the past fi ve years and is likely to continue to increase in the foreseeable future. This can make a mine uneconomic to operate. Replacing diesel vehicles with electric ones can reduce ventilation power consumption, which can comprise up to 40 per cent of total mine power consumption. However, no such airflow requirement for electric vehicles is stated in any mining regulations in the world. In this paper, the authors investigate the ventilation requirement of an electric vehicle operating in an underground hard rock mine. Quantification of atmospheric contaminant emitted by an electric vehicle was done at Rio Tinto’s Northparkes mine, followed by thermodynamic and ventilation network simulations using Ventsim Visual software.

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Carlton, Vic: The Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy , 2013. 215-220 p.
Keyword [en]
Ventilation, Electric, Underground mining, Civil engineering and architecture - Geoengineering and mining engineering
Keyword [sv]
Samhällsbyggnadsteknik och arkitektur - Geoteknik och gruvteknik
Research subject
Future mining (AERI); Mining and Rock Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-37986Local ID: c37d9d42-8e5a-4bab-8c74-902c2c4bda70ISBN: 9781921522901OAI: diva2:1011485
Australian Mine Ventilation Conference 2013 : 01/07/2013 - 03/07/2013
Upprättat; 2013; 20160310 (adrhal)Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03

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