By Seth D. Woodruff
Equipment of operating Coal and steel Mines, quantity three discusses the extraction of mineral deposits, which includes the riding of improvement openings, from the outside or a relevant shaft, to the “block out” parts of the deposit.
This booklet is split into 3 elements. half A describes the coal mining equipment, which come with pillar mining platforms and long-wall mining. Economics of coal face mechanization can be mentioned. partially B, the category of stoping structures, that's constituted of pillar-supported stopes, trees and fill supported stopes, and cutting or caving structures, is elaborated. This half additionally emphasizes the mining bedded metalliferous ores, in addition to the prices and different components affecting the alternative of mining structures. half C deliberates the outside mining equipment, which include strip mining of coal, open-pit mining, and balance of pit slopes.
This ebook is meant for mining engineers, yet can be beneficial to scholars and researchers carrying out paintings at the software of extracting and processing minerals.
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Usually this slot is cut at the bottom of the seam although coal is sometimes cut at an intermediate height or even at the top of the seam, and transverse (shear) cuts are sometimes used. This slot in the coal provides a free face to which the coal can break when it is shot. (2) Drilling. Drills for boring shot holes may be hand held, post mounted, or mounted on a rubber-tired drill j u m b o . Coal drills are usually of the auger type rather than the percussion type as used in hard rock mining operations and they may be powered by electricity, compressed air, or may be operated from the hydraulic system of a mining machine.
C. 7 6 3 1 . It is generally agreed in the c o a l m i n i n g industry that in m i n i n g c o a l successfully: (1) E n o u g h coal must be r e m o v e d t o permit the r o o f a n d o v e r b u r d e n t o c a v e a n d s u b s i d e c o m p l e t e l y ; o r (2) e n o u g h solid c o a l m u s t be left in place to s u p p o r t the o v e r b u r d e n , at least until mining o p e r ations in a given area are a b a n d o n e d . In the first m e t h o d , 3 0 - 6 0 per cent o f the coal m i n e d is from d e v e l o p m e n t work, a n d the remaining p r o d u c t i o n is f r o m systematic pillar robbing o r pillar extraction.
Each succeeding group of panels off the second cross mains would require 39,104 ft of development or 700 shifts of work. Summary and Comparison Thus, if a new mine is developed in accordance with the plan shown in Fig. 11 the following development is required : Feet First set of four p r o d u c t i o n places off first cross m a i n s Unit shifts 48,684 870 55,939 1000 39,104 700 First set of four p r o d u c t i o n places off s e c o n d c r o s s mains E a c h s u c c e e d i n g set of four places off either first or s e c o n d cross m a i n s Comparing this development with that for plan 1 (Fig.