The secret to streamlined scheduling of mining and civil engineering projects is a solid understanding of the basic concepts of rock cutting mechanics. Comparing theoretical values with experimental and real-world results, Mechanical Excavation in Mining and Civil Industries thoroughly explains various rock cutting theories developed for chisel, conical, disc, and button cutters. The authors provide numerical examples on the effect of independent variables on dependent variables, as well as numerical and solved examples from real-life mining and civil engineering projects using equipment such as:
- Hard- and soft-ground tunnel boring machines (TBMs)
- Chain saws
- Raise borers
- Impact hammers
- Large-diameter drill rigs
- Microtunnel boring machines
This book assists students and practicing engineers in selecting the most appropriate machinery for a specific job and predicting machine performance to ensure efficient extraction, and offers background information on rock cutting mechanics and different mechanical miners.
Table of Contents
Site Investigations for Mechanized Excavation Projects
Physical and Mechanical Properties of Rocks, Soils, and Coals
Rock Cutting Tools and Theories
Laboratory Rock Cutting Tests
Wear of Cutting Tools
Hard Rock Tunnel Boring Machines
Soft Ground Tunnel Boring Machines
Microtunnel Boring Machines and Jacking Forces
Shaft and Raise Boring Machines
Large Diameter Drill Rigs
Mechanical Excavation in Coal Mines
Chain Saw Machines
Emerging Mechanical Excavation Technologies
Turkish Tunneling Society chairman Nuh Bilgin holds a B.Sc. from Istanbul Technical University (ITU) and a Ph.D from University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. He joined the ITU Mining Engineering Department in 1978 and was appointed full-time professor in 1989. After serving as visiting professor for Colorado School of Mines, USA and Witwatersrand University, SA, he returned to ITU. He has published over 100 mechanized mining and tunneling technology papers.
Turkish Tunneling Society board member Hanifi Copur holds a B.Sc. from Istanbul Technical University (ITU) and a Ph.D from Colorado School of Mines, USA. From 1995 to 1999, he served as research engineer for the Excavation Engineering and Earth Mechanics Institute of the Colorado School of Mines. He then joined the ITU Mining Engineering Department as academician. He has authored numerous mechanized mining and tunneling reports and papers.
Turkish Tunneling Society board member Cemal Balci holds a B.Sc. and Ph.D from Istanbul Technical University (ITU). From 2001 to 2004, he was researcher for the Earth Mechanics Institute of the Colorado School of Mines, USA. He currently works for ITU and has participated in countless implementation and research projects.