Machine mining of narrow, hardrock orebodies

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 83, No. 935, 1990

M. Scoble, R. Dimitrakopoulos, McGill University, J. Peck, CCARM, and F. Brackebusch, Mine Systems Design, Inc.

A number of alternative strategies exist to improve narrow orebody stope productivity and safety through mechanization. Particular attention is given to one of these: the development of an in-stope mining machine. This paper summarizes those characteristics of vein orebodies in Canadian mines which are considered to govern such mining machine design. It then reviews past and current attempts to develop hardrock mining machines which could potentially be applicable to narrow stope widths.
Mots Clés: Mining machinery, Equipment design, Mechanization, Hard-rock mining, Machine design.