Volume 15 (2024)
Volume 14 (2023)
Volume 13 (2022)
Volume 12 (2021)
Volume 11 (2020)
Volume 10 (2019)
Volume 9 (2018)
Volume 8 (2017)
Volume 7 (2016)
Volume 6 (2015)
Volume 5 (2014)
Volume 4 (2013)
Volume 3 (2012)
Volume 2 (2011)
Volume 1 (2010)

Angelica Vivanco; Israel Mamani; Eslainer Avendaño

Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available Online from 30 December 2023


  In open-pit mining operations, loading and haulage activities account for a significant portion, typically between 50% and 60%, of the operational costs of the entire mining process. Tires, in turn, rank second in terms of operating costs for most mining companies. Therefore, understanding and preserving ...  Read More

Granite Downstream Production Dependent Size and Profitability Assessment: an application of Mathematical-based Artificial Intelligence Model and WipFrag Software

Blessing Olamide Taiwo; Oluwaseun Victor Famobuwa; Melodi Mbuyi Mata; Mohammed Sazid; Yewuhalashet Fissha; Victor Afolabi Jebutu; Adams Abiodun Akinlabi; Olaoluwa Bidemi Ogunyemi; Ozigi Abubakar

Volume 15, Issue 2 , April 2024, , Pages 497-515


  The purpose of this research work is to create empirical models for assessing the profitability of granite aggregate production in Akure, Ondo State, aggregate quarries. In addition, an Artificial Neural Network (ANN) model for granite profitability was developed. A structured survey questionnaire was ...  Read More

Studying Effects of Cooling/Lubricating Fluids, Machining Parameters, and Rock Mechanical Properties on Specific Energy in Rock Drilling Process

Shahrokh Khosravimanesh; Masoud Cheraghi Seifabad; Reza Mikaeil; Raheb Bagherpour

Volume 15, Issue 2 , April 2024, , Pages 613-636


  Specific energy is a key indicator of drilling performance to consider in the feasibility and economic analyses of drilling projects. Any improvement in the specific energy of a drilling operation may reflect an improvement in the overall efficiency of drilling operations. This improvement can be achieved ...  Read More

Intelligent Borehole Simulation with python Programming

Hassanreza Ghasemitabar; Andisheh Alimoradi; Hamidreza Hemati Ahooi; Mahdi Fathi

Volume 15, Issue 2 , April 2024, , Pages 707-730


  Drilling of exploratory boreholes is one of the most important and costly steps in mineral exploration, which can provide us with accurate and appropriate information to continue the mining process. There are limitations on drilling the target boreholes, such as high costs, topographical problems in ...  Read More

Statistical Analysis and Optimization of Drilling Process using Response Surface Methodology and Experimental Data

Rym Khettabi; Issam Touil; Mohamed Kezzar; Mohamed R. Eid; Fatima.Z Derdour; Kamel Khounfais; Lakhdar Khochmane

Volume 15, Issue 1 , January 2024, , Pages 55-71


  It is well-established that the response surface methodology (RSM) is commonly employed to establish the differences between the predicted values and those observed experimentally. This study mainly goals on the impact of four drilling factors including weight on the bit (WOB), the rotating rapidity ...  Read More

Effect of Tunnel Location Related to Inclined Coal Strata on Excavation-Induced Displacements of Mine Tunnel: Application of Calibrated Numerical Model

Morteza Javadi; Ashkan Shahpasand; Shahrbanou Sayadi; Arash Shahpasand

Volume 15, Issue 1 , January 2024, , Pages 203-221


  The stratified-sedimentary rock mass, as the typical host ground of coal mine tunnels, is characterized by highly non-isotropic deformation due to the very persistent discontinuity of bedding planes. This study evaluates the effect of tunnel location relative to the host ground strata on the excavation-induced ...  Read More

Investigating Effect of Induced Stresses due to Coal Panel Extraction on Next Panel Strata behavior during Mechanized Longwall Mining: a Case Study

Emad Ansari; Ramin Rafiee; Mohammad Ataei

Volume 15, Issue 1 , January 2024, , Pages 381-399


  Due to longwall mining, a large space without any support is created, and the in-situ stress regimes change. The change of the in-situ stress regimes affects the roof and face of the adjacent panel. In other words, the strata behavior would be different from the intact condition during the previous panel ...  Read More

Hydrogeophysical Survey for Assessment of Groundwater Budget and Aquifer Protection in Hilly Terrain

Sonu Singh; Vijay Shankar; Joseph Tripura

Volume 14, Issue 4 , October 2023, , Pages 1061-1079


  Assessing the groundwater potential (GWP) and protective capacity of aquifers is essential to provide solutions to challenges in aquifer exploration and conditions in hilly terrain regions. The study was conducted in the hilly terrain region of Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh, India, to obtain one-dimensional ...  Read More

Improvement of Drill Bit-Button Performance and Efficiency during Drilling: an application of LSTM Model to Nigeria Southwest Mines

Babatunde Adebayo; Blessing Olamide Taiwo; BUSUYI THOMAS AFENI; Aderoju Oluwadolapo Raymond; Joshua Oluwaseyi Faluyi

Volume 14, Issue 4 , October 2023, , Pages 1121-1139


  The quarry operators and managers are having a running battle in determining with precision the rate of deterioration of the button of the drill bit as well as its consumption. Therefore, this study is set to find the best-performing model for predicting the drill bit button's wear rate during rock drilling. ...  Read More

Prediction of Fly-rock using Gene Expression Programming and Teaching–learning-based Optimization Algorithm

R. Shamsi; M. S. Amini; H. Dehghani; M. Bascompta; B. Jodeiri Shokri; Sh. Entezam

Volume 13, Issue 2 , April 2022, , Pages 391-406


  This paper attempted to estimate the amount of flyrock in the Angoran mine in Zanjan province, Iran using the gene expression programming (GEP) predictive technique. The input data, including flyrock, mean depth of the hole, powder factor, stemming, explosive weight, number of holes, and booster were ...  Read More

CFD-based Modeling of Sarin Gas Dispersion in a Subway Station–A Hypothetical Scenario

M. Hosseini; H. Madani; K. Shahriar

Volume 13, Issue 1 , January 2022, , Pages 235-251


  The main purpose of this work is modeling the dispersion of the sarin gas in a subway station in a hypothetical scenario. The dispersion is modeled using the CFD approach. In the analysis of the environmental conditions of the underground spaces, the only factor that draws a distinction between a subway ...  Read More

Risk assessment of Flyrock in Surface Mines using a FFTA-MCDM Combination

R. Norouzi Masir; M. Ataei; A. Mottahedi

Volume 12, Issue 1 , January 2021, , Pages 191-203


  The drilling and blasting method is the first choice for rock breakage in surface or underground mines due to its high flexibility against variations and low investment costs. However, any method has its own advantages and disadvantages. The flyrock phenomenon is one of the drilling and blasting disadvantages ...  Read More

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

Application of Sequential Gaussian Conditional Simulation to Underground Mine Design Under Grade Uncertainty

F. Sotoudeh; M. Ataei; R. Kakaie; Y. Pourrahimian

Volume 11, Issue 3 , July 2020, , Pages 695-709


  In mining projects, all uncertainties associated with a project must be considered to determine the feasibility study. Grade uncertainty is one of the major components of technical uncertainty that affects the variability of the project. Geostatistical simulation, as a reliable approach, is the most ...  Read More

Investigating Alteration Zone Mapping Using EO-1 Hyperion Imagery and Airborne Geophysics Data

M. Lotfi; H. Arefi; A. Bahroudi

Volume 11, Issue 2 , April 2020, , Pages 405-417


  Hyperspectral remote sensing records reflectance or emittance data in a large sum of contiguous and narrow spectral bands, and thus has many information in detecting and mapping the mineral zones. On the other hand, the geological and geophysical data gives us some other fruitful information about the ...  Read More

Bayesian Data Fusion: a Reliable Approach for Descriptive Modeling of Ore Deposits

B. Tokhmechi; S. Ebrahimi; H. Azizi; Seyed R. Ghavami-Riabi; N. Farrokhi

Volume 11, Issue 1 , January 2020, , Pages 63-76


  Recognition of ore deposit genesis is still a controversial challenge for economic geologists. Here, this task was addressed by the virtue of Bayesian data fusion (BDF) implementing available proofs: semi-schematic examples with two (Cu and Pb + Zn) and three (Cu, Pb + Zn and Ag) evidences. The data, ...  Read More

A Mathematical Model to Optimize Allocation Sequence in Dispatching Problem

M. Ghobadi Samani; M. Monjezi; J. Khademi Hamidi; A. Mousavinogholi

Volume 11, Issue 1 , January 2020, , Pages 185-192


  Truck-Shovel fleet, as the most common transportation system in open-pit mines, has a significant part of mining costs, for which optimal management can lead to substantial cost reductions. Among the available dispatch mathematical models, the multi-stage approach is well suited for allocating trucks ...  Read More

Studying Relationship between Coal Intrinsic Characteristics in Spontaneous Combustion of Coal Potential Using Crossing Point Temperature Test Method

A. Saffari; M. Ataei; F. Sereshki

Volume 11, Issue 1 , January 2020, , Pages 315-333


  Spontaneous combustion of coal is one of the most horrifying hazards in coal industries, especially in underground coal mines. Thus having a prior knowledge about the occurrence of this phenomenon in underground coal mines is of crucial importance in preventing this process, loss of life, huge economic ...  Read More

Application of simulated annealing for optimization of blasting costs due to air overpressure constraints in open-pit mines

H. Bakhshandeh Amnieh; M. Hakimiyan Bidgoli; H. Mokhtari; A. Aghajani Bazzazi

Volume 10, Issue 4 , October 2019, , Pages 903-916


  Estimating the costs of blasting operations is an important parameter in open-pit mining. Blasting and rock fragmentation depend on two groups of variables. The first group consists of mass properties, which are uncontrollable, and the second one is the drill-and-blast design parameters, which can be ...  Read More

Characterization of rare earth elements by coupling multivariate analysis, factor analysis, and geostatistical simulation; case-study of Gazestan deposit, central Iran

F. Soltani; P. Moarefvand; F. Alinia; P. Afzal

Volume 10, Issue 4 , October 2019, , Pages 929-945


  The traditional approaches of modeling and estimation of highly skewed deposits have led to incorrect evaluations, creating challenges and risks in resource management. The low concentration of the rare earth element (REE) deposits, on one hand, and their strategic importance, on the other, enhances ...  Read More

Analysis of reliability and maintainability for multiple repairable units (Case study: Sungun copper mine)

R. Razzaghzadeh; R. Shakoor Shahabi; A. Nouri Qarahasanlou

Volume 10, Issue 4 , October 2019, , Pages 1045-1059


  The appropriate operating of mining machines is affected by both the executive and environmental factors. Considering the effects and the related risks lead to a better understanding of the failures of such machines. This leads to a proper prediction of the reliability parameters of such machines. In ...  Read More

Geostatistical and multi-fractal modeling of geological and geophysical characteristics in Ghalandar Skarn-Porphyry Cu Deposit, Iran

S. Salarian; O. Asghari; M. Abedi; S. K. Alilou

Volume 10, Issue 4 , October 2019, , Pages 1061-1081


  This work aims at figuring out the spatial relationships between the geophysical and geological models in a case study pertaining to copper-sulfide mineralization through an integrated 3D analysis of favorable target. The Ghalandar Skarn-Porphyry Cu Deposit, which is located in NW Iran, is selected for ...  Read More

Use of a mixed integer programming model to achieve an optimum size of blast block in open-pit mining with regard to size of mineable block using fuzzy logic approach

A. Mozafari; A. H. Bangian Tabrizi; M. Taji; A. Parhizkar

Volume 10, Issue 4 , October 2019, , Pages 1095-1104


  In this paper, we present an integrated model to find the optimum size of blast block that uses (i) a multi-criteria decision-making method to specify the applicable size of the mineable block; (ii) a linear programming method for the selection of the blasted areas to be excavated and in deciding the ...  Read More

Delineation of alteration zones based on kriging, artificial neural networks, and concentration–volume fractal modelings in hypogene zone of Miduk porphyry copper deposit, SE Iran

O. Gholampour; A. Hezarkhani; A. Maghsoudi; M. Mousavi

Volume 10, Issue 3 , July 2019, , Pages 575-595


  This paper presents a quantitative modeling for delineating alteration zones in the hypogene zone of the Miduk porphyry copper deposit (SE Iran) based on the core drilling data. The main goal of this work was to apply the Ordinary Kriging (OK), Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs), and Concentration-Volume ...  Read More

Airflow inside tunnel boring machine: A numerical study and an experimental verification

H.R. Nezarat; Seyed M. E. Jalali; M. Nazari

Volume 10, Issue 3 , July 2019, , Pages 623-632


  Knowledge of the airflow distribution inside a Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) can create a safe working environment for workers and machinery. The airflow quality and the related mass flow rate in the ventilation system should be sufficient to dilute gases and remove dust inside the tunnel. In this work, ...  Read More