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Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Surface Mining Technology

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and NPTEL via Swayam


Surface mining is the most popular mining technology. However, it is being challenged due to dearth of near surface deposits and socio-environmental constraints. With the invention of large scale equipment, innovative technologies and strategic planning surface mining can be carried out at a larger depth also with profit. Basic knowledge of surface mining is thus important for the mining engineers. This course is thus designed to provide the basic surface mining technology to the students.INTENDED AUDIENCE : UG and PG Mining Engineering students.PREREQUISITES : NIL.INDUSTRIES SUPPORT : All mining companies including CIL, SAIL, NALCO, HZL,HCL, CEMENT SECTORS etc.


Week 1:Introduction to Surface Mining, Current status and challenges, Understanding rocks, minerals and deposits Week 2:Cut off grade, Surface mining phases and surface mining systems, Surface mining Excavations and unit operations Week 3:Drilling and blasting for surface mines Week 4:Shovel and dumper operation for surface mining excavations Week 5:Operation of Dozer and dragline Week 6:Operation of continuous surface miner Week 7:Operation of bucket wheel excavator and bucket chain excavator Week 8:Transportation system for surface mines and expit transportation Week 9:Design and maintenance of haul roads Week 10:Stability assessment of pit slopes and dump designs Week 11:Sea bed mining, dimensional stone mining Week 12:Safety Environment and mine closure

Taught by

Prof. Kaushik Dey

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