Filling up the underground tank
Fuel consumption in the Australian mining sector has been increasing more rapidly than in any other sector. Loading, hauling and dumping operations consume up to 26% of the energy in underground mines. Articulated Dump Trucks (ADTs) are frequently used in underground operations due to their low profile and capacity to deal with the poor haul road conditions and tight turns. The Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that influence the fuel consumption of underground ADTs are payload, speed, wet conditions, fleet management, fuel quality, mine planning, truck and road maintenance, total resistance, driver skills and truck design.
An investigation into fuel consumption of underground mine haul trucks has been conducted by a group of researchers at Mining3 and The University of Queensland. Read the full article here.