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Volume 10 (2019)
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Original Research Paper
Assessment of Terrain and Land Use/Land Cover Changes of Mine Sites using Geospatial Techniques in Plateau State, Nigeria

A. Owolabi

Volume 11, Issue 4 , October 2020, Pages 935-948


  In this paper, we report a geospatial assessment of the selected mine sites in the Plateau State, Nigeria. The aim of this work is to determine the impact of mining on the terrain as well as the Land Use/Land Cover (LULC) of the host communities. The Shuttle Radar Topographic Mission (SRTM) is used for ...  Read More

Original Research Paper
Optimal Earthmoving Fleet Size for Minimising Emissions and Cost

Seyed A.R. Kaboli; M. Bahaaddini; Seyed M. Kaboli

Volume 11, Issue 4 , October 2020, Pages 949-965


  Traditionally, the earthmoving operations have been developed based on the minimum cost per production criterion. Nowadays, due to the negative impacts of the emissions on the environment, there is an increasing public awareness to reduce the emissions from the earthmoving operations. Different management ...  Read More

Original Research Paper
Analysis and Forecast of Mining Accidents in Pakistan

K. Sultan Shah; I. Mithal Jiskani; N. Muhammad Shahani; H. Ur Rehman; N. Muhammad Khan; S. Hussain

Volume 11, Issue 4 , October 2020, Pages 967-976


  In the mining sector, the barrier to obtain an efficient safety management system is the unavailability of future information regarding the accidents. This paper aims to use the auto-regressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) model, for the first time, to evaluate the underlying causes that affect ...  Read More

Case Study Exploitation
Dilution Risk Ranking in Underground Metal Mines using Multi-Attributive Approximation Area Comparison

M. Mohseni; M. Ataei; R. Khaloo Kakaie

Volume 11, Issue 4 , October 2020, Pages 977-989


  The contamination of ores with wastes or materials of lower than the cut-off grade is referred to as dilution. Dilution is an undesirable phenomenon that, on one hand, reduces the product grade and, consequently, reduces the sales prices and, on the other hand, adds an extra cost to waste production. ...  Read More

Research Note
A New Technical and Economic Model to Calculate Specific Charge and Specific Drilling Using Hole Diameter, Bench Height, Uniaxial Compressive Strength, and Joint Set Orientation

A. Ghanizadeh Zarghami; K. Shahriar; K. Goshtasbi; A. Akbari Dehkharghani

Volume 11, Issue 4 , October 2020, Pages 991-1005


  Calculation of the specific charge and specific drilling before a blasting operation plays a significant role in the design of a blasting pattern and the reduction of the final extraction cost of minerals. In this work, the information from the Sungun, Miduk and Chah-Firouzeh copper mines in Iran was ...  Read More

Original Research Paper
Numerical Investigation of Effect of Rock Bolt Angle on Shear Behavior of Rock Bridges

V. Sarfarazi; A. Tabaroei

Volume 11, Issue 4 , October 2020, Pages 1007-1022


  In this work, the effect of rock bolt angle on the shear behavior of Rock Bridges is investigated using the particle flow code in two dimensions (PFC2D) for three different Rock Bridge lengths. Firstly, the calibration of PF2D is performed to reproduce the gypsum sample. Then the numerical models with ...  Read More

Original Research Paper
Robust Principal Component Analysis and Fractal Methods to Delineate Mineralization-Related Hydrothermally-Altered Zones from ASTER Data: A Case Study of Dehaj Terrain, Central Iran

N. Habibkhah; H. Hassani; A. Maghsoudi; M. Honarmand

Volume 11, Issue 4 , October 2020, Pages 1023-1037


  The Dehaj area, located in the southern part of the Urumieh-Dokhtar magmatic belt, is a well-endowed terrain hosting a number of world-class porphyry copper deposits. These deposits are all hosted in an acidic to intermediate volcano-plutonic sequence greatly affected by various types of the hydrothermal ...  Read More

Original Research Paper
First Finding of Satin Spar Gemstone in Iran, Folded Zagros Zone, Fars Region

A. Zolfaghari; N. Barzegar; M. Amini

Volume 11, Issue 4 , October 2020, Pages 1039-1046


  The gypsum mineralization occurred in the form of Satin Spar and Selenite in the south and southwest of the Fars province in the folded Zagros zone. In this region, Satin Spar mineralization has been formed as stratiform between the red marl and siltstone units of Late Miocene–Pliocene in Agha ...  Read More

Original Research Paper
Physical modelling of caving propagation process and damage profile ahead of the cave-back

V. Heydarnoori; M. H. Khosravi; M. Bahaaddini

Volume 11, Issue 4 , October 2020, Pages 1047-1058


  The cavability assessment of rock mass cavability and indicating the damage profile ahead of a cave-back is of great importance in the evaluation of a caving mine operation, which can influence all aspects of the mine operation. Due to the lack of access to the caved zones, our current knowledge about ...  Read More

Original Research Paper
Application of Probabilistic Clustering Algorithms to Determine Mineralization Areas in Regional-Scale Exploration Studies

H. Geranian; Z. Khajeh Miry

Volume 11, Issue 4 , October 2020, Pages 1059-1078


  In this work, we aim to identify the mineralization areas for the next exploration phases. Thus, the probabilistic clustering algorithms due to the use of appropriate measures, the possibility of working with datasets with missing values, and the lack of trapping in local optimal are used to determine ...  Read More

Original Research Paper
Experimental Studies, Response Surface Methodology and Molecular Modeling for Optimization and Mechanism Analysis of Methylene Blue Dye Removal by Different Clays

K. Seifpanahi Shabani; B. Abedi-Orang

Volume 11, Issue 4 , October 2020, Pages 1079-1093


  In this work, three types of natural clays including kaolinite, montmorillonite, and illite with different molecular structures, as adsorbents, are selected for the removal of methylene blue dye, and their performance is investigated. Also the optimization and the analysis of the dye adsorption mechanism ...  Read More

Original Research Paper
A Numerical Investigation of TBM Disc Cutter Life Prediction in Hard Rocks

M. Zahiri; K. Goshtasbi; J. Khademi Hamidi; K. Ahangari

Volume 11, Issue 4 , October 2020, Pages 1095-1113


  There is a direct relationship between the efficiency of mechanized excavation in hard rocks and that of disc cutters. Disc cutter wear is an important effective factor involved in the functionality of tunnel boring machines. Replacement of disc cutters is a time-consuming and costly activity that can ...  Read More

Original Research Paper
Design of An Intelligent Model for Strategic Planning in Mineral Holding: Case study, Shahab-Sang Holding

A. Shokry; Z. Ghazizadeh; Sh. Piroozfar; H. Tohidi

Volume 11, Issue 4 , October 2020, Pages 1115-1126


  Business logic is one of the most important logics based on the decision matrix. However, using this logic alone and environmental uncertainty leads to problems such as low accuracy and integrity in strategic planning. In this work, we use an intelligent model based on the neural-fuzzy approach aiming ...  Read More

Original Research Paper
Prediction of Acid Mine Drainage Generation Potential of A Copper Mine Tailings Using Gene Expression Programming-A Case Study

B. Jodeiri Shokri; H. Dehghani; R. Shamsi; F. Doulati Ardejani

Volume 11, Issue 4 , October 2020, Pages 1127-1140


  This work presents a quantitative predicting likely acid mine drainage (AMD) generation process throughout tailing particles resulting from the Sarcheshmeh copper mine in the south of Iran. Indeed, four predictive relationships for the remaining pyrite fraction, remaining chalcopyrite fraction, sulfate ...  Read More

Original Research Paper
Sensitivity Analysis of Stress and Cracking in Rock Mass Blasting using Numerical Modelling

M.A. Chamanzad; M. Nikkhah

Volume 11, Issue 4 , October 2020, Pages 1141-1155


  Drilling and blasting have numerous applications in the civil and mining engineering. Due to the two major components of rock masses, namely the intact rock matrix and the discontinuities, their behavior is a complicated process to be analyzed. The purpose of this work is to investigate the effects of ...  Read More

Original Research Paper
A Proposed Biochemical Protocol to Isolate and Characterize Acidophilic Bacteria from Tailings Soil

Z. Piervandi; A. Khodadadi Darban; Seyed M. Mousavi; M. Abdollahi; Gh.R. Asadollahfardi; K. Akbari Noghabi

Volume 11, Issue 4 , October 2020, Pages 1157-1171


  Indigenous acidophilic bacteria separated from mine-waste can be used in return for the addition of the reagents like sulfuric acid. Among the tailings bacteria, Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans and Acidithiobacillus thiooxidans are of the most-studied ones for the bioleaching and bioremediation of elements. ...  Read More

Original Research Paper
Delineation of Alteration Zones Based on Wavelet Neural Network (WNN) and Concentration–Volume (C-V) Fractal Methods in the Hypogene Zone of Porphyry Copper Deposit, Shahr-e-Babak District, SE Iran

B. Shokouh Saljoughi; A. Hezarkhani

Volume 11, Issue 4 , October 2020, Pages 1173-1190


  In this paper, we aim to achieve two specific objectives. The first one is to examine the applicability of wavelet neural network (WNN) technique in ore grade estimation, which is based on integration between wavelet theory and Artificial Neural Network (ANN). Different wavelets are applied as activation ...  Read More

Original Research Paper
A New Semi-Quantitative Approach to Open-Pit Mine Sustainability Assessment

E. Pouresmaeili; A. Ebrahimabadi; H. Hamidian

Volume 11, Issue 4 , October 2020, Pages 1191-1203


  Sustainability assessment has received numerous attentions in the mining industry. Mining sustainability includes the environmental, economic, and social dimensions, and a sustainable development is achieved when all these dimensions improve in a balanced manner. Therefore, to measure the sustainability ...  Read More

Original Research Paper
Accuracy of Discrete Element Method Simulations: Rolling and Sliding Frictions Effects-Case study: Iron Ore Pellets

E. Nemattolahi; A.R. Ghasemi; E. Razi; S. Banisi

Volume 11, Issue 4 , October 2020, Pages 1205-1216


  The discrete element method (DEM) has been used as a popular simulation method in order to verify the designs by visualizing how materials flow through complex equipment geometries.  Although DEM simulation is a powerful design tool, finding a DEM model that includes all real material properties ...  Read More

Original Research Paper
Stability analysis of block-flexural toppling of rock blocks with round edges

H. Sarfaraz

Volume 11, Issue 4 , October 2020, Pages 1217-1229


  One of the most conventional toppling instabilities is the block-flexural toppling failure that occurs in civil and mining engineering projects. In this kind of failure, some rock columns are broken due to tensile bending stresses, and the others are overturned due to their weights, and finally, all ...  Read More