Technological aspects of narrow vein mining: suggested modifications and new developments

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 87, No. 978, 1994

M. Laflamme, S. Planeta and C. Bourgoin, Departement de mines et metallurgie, Universite Laval

The factors constraining productivity in the mining of narrow vein ore deposits are numerous and often interdependent. This paper concerns mining techniques capable of reducing some of these constraints in the case of vein deposits whose dip is less than 45 degrees. Modifications of conventional mining methods as well as suggested new developments are presented, as are matters pertaining to the mechanization of operations as a mean of increasing both productivity and work safety.
Mots Clés: Underground mining, Narrow vein mining, Equipment, Mining techniques.