Simulation of cable shovels and dippers in mining applications

CIM Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, 2011
T. G. Joseph, N. Shi
Abstract An interactive cable shovel simulation has been developed to mimic any shovel dipper geometry for a given cable shovel operating in any homogeneous face material. This interactive cable allows the user to predict shovel performance in any face material encountered and track both its ground stability and the dipper-ground interaction. An embedded Microsoft® Visual Basic spreadsheet was used as the platform for developing an interactive simulation that allows for maximum user-defined parameter input and interactive visual output. The result is an analytical dipper-ground interaction solution that yields crowd, hoist, and digging effort as a function of face activity position.
Keywords: Cable shovel, Dippers, Ground, Interactions, Simulation
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