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Mining Robotics

Corke, Peter, Roberts, Jonathan , Cunningham, Jock, & Hainsworth, David (2008) Mining Robotics. In Siciliano, Bruno & Khatib, Oussama (Eds.) Springer handbook of robotics. Springer, Berlin, pp. 1127-1150.

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Abstract

Mining is the process of extracting mineral resources from the Earth for commercial value. It is an ancient human activity which can be traced back to Palaeolithic times (43 000 years ago), where for example the mineral hematite was mined to produce the red pigment ochre. The importance of many mined minerals is reflected in the names of the major milestones in human civilizations: the stone, copper, bronze, and iron ages. Much later coal provided the energy that was critical to the industrial revolution and still underpins modern society, creating 38% of world energy generation today. Ancient mines used human and later animal labor and broke rock using stone tools, heat, and water, and later iron tools. Today’s mines are heavily mechanized with large diesel and electrically powered vehicles, and rock is broken with explosives or rock cutting machines.

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ID Code: 33775
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Available to QUT staff and students on the Library catalogue via database Lecture Notes in Computer Science Online (LNCS Online)
Keywords: mining, robotics, machine design, productivity, automation
ISBN: 9783540239574
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING (090600) > Control Systems Robotics and Automation (090602)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > RESOURCES ENGINEERING AND EXTRACTIVE METALLURGY (091400) > Mining Engineering (091405)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Springer
Deposited On: 01 Nov 2010 15:06
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 03:06

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