Applications of Engineering Analysis to Improve Tire Management

CIM Vancouver 2006
Robert A Hall, Greg Fowler, Ken Huntingford,
Abstract Jie Zhou MASc candidate, Robert A Hall Associate Professor (Mining Engineering Department, UBC) Greg Fowler, Ken Huntingford (Fountain Tire Mine Service)
Mining mobile equipment is becoming larger in order to lower operation cost and increase productivity; however, their performance characteristics are often limited by the tire capabilities. Although considerable progress has been made in the field of tire research, the lack of a comprehensive knowledge on tire performance characteristics impedes the advancement of off-the-road tires. Longer haul roads, and a severe operating environment make tires more vulnerable than other components of a vehicle. Furthermore, due to a limited availability of large tires, mines are facing shortages. Thus mines and tire service companies are keen to improve tire performance, extend tire life and hence lower operating costs.
This paper reviews the relevant tire performance research, analyzes tire interactions with the surrounding environment, tire maintenance practices and operational issues using a case study based on data collected during an ongoing project with Fountain Tire.
Keywords: tire management, off-the-road tire, tire performance, tire life, tire shortage, tire interaction
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