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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Authors: Oraee, Kazem
Bangian, Amir Houssain
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Title: Economic Comparison of Drilling Systems in Sublevel Stoping Method
Citation: Oraee K & Bangian AH (2007) Economic Comparison of Drilling Systems in Sublevel Stoping Method In: . Sixteenth international symposium on mine planning and equipment selection (MPES 2007), Bangkok, Thailand.
Issue Date: Dec-2007
Conference Name: Sixteenth international symposium on mine planning and equipment selection (MPES 2007)
Conference Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Abstract: Drilling constitutes an important part of the production process in sublevel stoping method and up to 50% of the total costs can be attributed to this element. With the advent of recently developed sophisticated and expensive drilling machines, sublevel stoping has gained renewed advantage over other similar methods. The use of these machines, however, substantially increases the capital cost of the whole operation and hence choosing the optimum drilling system can produce significant savings in costs. In this paper, drilling patterns have been designed for various conditions of the physical characteristics and geometrical conditions of an ore body. Total costs of some 150 different patterns have been compiled. Based on these empirical data, a practical model has been devised that determines drilling costs in all different feasible situations in sublevel stoping. The model shows that parallel drilling is the most efficient alternative in all workable conditions. As well the break-even orebody thickness in ring drilling between one or two production drifts in sublevels is, in most cases, about 30 meters. The prescribed drilling methods in different circumstances and the model introduced, can serve as useful tools to the mining design engineer in choosing the most economical drilling system when designing a stope.
Type: Conference Paper
Status: Author Version
Rights: The chair of the International Organizing Committee for the International Symposium on Mine Planning and Equipment Selection (MPES) has granted permission for use of this conference paper in this Repository. The paper was first presented at the Sixteenth international symposium on mine planning and equipment selection (MPES 2007), December 11-13, 2007, Bangkok, Thailand.
Affiliation: Management Work and Organisation
Islamic Azad University

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