Coal preparation computer software

A comprehensive software package has been developed at the Western Research Centre to meet many of the coal preparation requirements in the Canadian coal industry.
This package performs three main functions:
(1) data handling and manipulation;
(2) data analysis, including the generation of washability data, performance evaluation and prediction, density and size modelling, evaluation of density and size partition characteristics, and
attrition curves; and
(3) graphics output.
The software described in this paper is potentially a valuable tool for coal preparation plant engineers and operators for evaluating process performance and adjusting plant density separator cutpoints. Moreover, the analytical laboratory technician could find this package very useful in manipulating and presenting laboratory results.
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Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): Donald O. Downing
Issue: 1015
Volume: 90
Year: 1997
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Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): B. Crane, S. Schwartz
Issue: 1015
Volume: 90
Year: 1997
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Summary: Coal Mountain Operations is the newest of Fording Coal’s operations although it is the oldest in terms of its historical production. In October, 1994, Fording purchased the former Corbin Creek/Byron Creek Mine. The mine is located in southeastern British Columbia, approximately 150 air kilometers from Calgary, Alberta. It was first developed in 1905 and has gone through a variety of owners in
its 90-year history.
This paper will deal with the remobilization strategy and the mining plans for...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): B.R. Johnston, K.D. Streeter
Issue: 1015
Volume: 90
Year: 1997
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Summary: As the next century draws near, new mine properties must be brought into production to replace existing operations that are approaching their economic life. This paper presents some of the critical technical issues being addressed by Manalta Coal Ltd. as they strive to bring the Telkwa Coal Project near Smithers, BC into production during the year 2000. The mine is planned to produce between 1.0 to 1.5 million tonnes per year of medium volatile coal for export to overseas thermal and PCI...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): A. Flemming
Issue: 1015
Volume: 90
Year: 1997
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Summary: This paper presents a case study for optimizing water management at Gregg River Coal Mine located near Hinton, Alberta. The optimization study was derived based on a review and assessment of existing management practices and plans for future operation and final reclamation. A proactive water management strategy was developed to assist mine staff in adopting a rational, environmentally sound,
and economical approach to water management. A plan was developed to provide for safe operation,...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): L.F. Sawatsky, G. Beckstead, D. Long, G. Gould, R. Nutbrown
Issue: 1015
Volume: 90
Year: 1997
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Summary: Large amounts of oil sand tailings are produced in the Fort McMurray area, including sand, clays, and misplaced bitumen. The objective of the present study (as part of the overall engineered tailings program) is to select and evaluate the role of hydrocyclones in removing most of the solids from the tailings slurry and producing an underflow product containing about 75% solids.
Multistage cyclones were evaluated in pilot plant tests. Slurry feeds with different percents solids and increasing...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): M.W. Mikhail, A.I.A. Salama, R. Burns
Issue: 1015
Volume: 90
Year: 1997
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Summary: A field trial was conducted at an underground gold mine to evaluate diesel fuel derived from soybean oil (soy-methyl-esters or “biodiesel”) as an alternative to commercial, low-sulphur, number 2 diesel fuel (D2). A 2.7 m3, 18-ton load-haul-dump (LHD) unit, powered by a naturally aspirated, indirect injection (pre-chamber), 100 kW diesel engine was used as the test vehicle. The LHD was equipped with a diesel oxidation catalyst. The LHD operated satisfactorily on the biodiesel fuel. Operators...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): J.F. McDonald, B.K. Cantrell, W.F. Watts Jr., K.L. Bickel
Issue: 1015
Volume: 90
Year: 1997
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Summary: Pour maintenir de bonnes performances technique et économique dans l’exploitation par chambres vides (open stope) il est primordial d’assurer un contrôle efficace des limites réelles des chantiers d’abattage. C’est pour cette raison que, de plus en plus souvent, les opérateurs miniers utilisent un dispositif de laser (Cavity Monitoring System:CMS) qui permet de mesurer les dimensions réelles de chantiers en vue de calculer principalement la dilution et les pertes du
minerai ainsi que d’autres...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): S. Planeta, J.K. Szymanski
Issue: 1015
Volume: 90
Year: 1997
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Summary: Free gold particles occur in many base metal and precious metal mines throughout the world. Due to the high density and malleability of gold, large circulating loads of free gold particles can build up over time in grinding circuits. This gold is often deposited in unintended traps throughout the mineral processing system.
These unidentified free gold deposits represent a serious security risk as well as an inaccessible
inventory of gold. Deposits of free gold particles often remain undetecte...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): R. Clarkso
Issue: 1015
Volume: 90
Year: 1997
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