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Modelling a longwall production system using flexsim 3D simulation software

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Abstract


  • Longwall mining accounts for more than 75% of underground coal production in Australia. It is a

    popular underground coal mining method worldwide, mainly due to its high extraction ratio, high

    productivity and increased safety due to improved powered support units. A longwall system requires

    significant capital investment, and it is necessary to minimise the financial risk associated with this

    investment. Minimisation of this financial risk requires a sound knowledge of the relationship

    between underlying operational/technical constraints and associated costs. A discrete simulation

    model using the Flexsim 3D virtual reality environment has been developed to assist management

    evaluate the impact of technical and operational constraints on longwall productivity. Using such a

    model, any set of operational scenarios can be evaluated to establish the optimum operational

    parameters for a longwall system.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Cai, D., Baafi, E. & Porter, I. (2012). Modelling a longwall production system using flexsim 3D simulation software. In R. Singhal, E. Topal, K. Fytas, M. Yellishetty & A. Mehrotra (Eds.), Mine planning and equipment selection (pp. 107-114). Irvine, California, USA: The reading matrix Inc.

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  • 107

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  • 114

Abstract


  • Longwall mining accounts for more than 75% of underground coal production in Australia. It is a

    popular underground coal mining method worldwide, mainly due to its high extraction ratio, high

    productivity and increased safety due to improved powered support units. A longwall system requires

    significant capital investment, and it is necessary to minimise the financial risk associated with this

    investment. Minimisation of this financial risk requires a sound knowledge of the relationship

    between underlying operational/technical constraints and associated costs. A discrete simulation

    model using the Flexsim 3D virtual reality environment has been developed to assist management

    evaluate the impact of technical and operational constraints on longwall productivity. Using such a

    model, any set of operational scenarios can be evaluated to establish the optimum operational

    parameters for a longwall system.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Cai, D., Baafi, E. & Porter, I. (2012). Modelling a longwall production system using flexsim 3D simulation software. In R. Singhal, E. Topal, K. Fytas, M. Yellishetty & A. Mehrotra (Eds.), Mine planning and equipment selection (pp. 107-114). Irvine, California, USA: The reading matrix Inc.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1219&context=eispapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers/214

Start Page


  • 107

End Page


  • 114