March 2022
Volume 74    Issue 3

A scale model experimental study for estimating the productivity of bulk push dozer operations in hard-rock mining

Rea, Royal; Knights, Peter; Kizil, Mehmet

ABSTRACT:

A 1/20 scale experimental dozer push test rig was designed and constructed to quantify the expected production rates (loose cubic meters per hour) for dozers operating in hard-rock bulk push applications. The particle size distribution of the material employed in the test rig was modeled on a fragmented muckpile representative of that for a typical surface copper/gold mine overburden. Buckingham Pi theory was applied to mathematically develop factors for scaling up dozer productivity parameters, including blade loads and push times. Dozer production rates were investigated for various dozing distances and slope angles. A series of instantaneous productivity curves were produced which are applicable for use in hard-rock dozer push operations. The productivity curves produced demonstrate that dozer productivity declines rapidly over the range of 10 to 40 m.

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Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, https://doi.org/10.1007/s42461-021-00505-9

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