An integrated model of an open-pit coal mine: Improving energy efficiency decisions

Patterson, Samuel, Kozan, Erhan, & Hyland, Paul (2016) An integrated model of an open-pit coal mine: Improving energy efficiency decisions. International Journal of Production Research, 54(14), pp. 4213-4227.

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This article contributes an original integrated model of an open-pit coal mine for supporting energy-efficient decisions. Mixed integer linear programming is used to formulate a general integrated model of the operational energy consumption of four common open-pit coal mining subsystems: excavation and haulage, stockpiles, processing plants and belt conveyors. Mines are represented as connected instances of the four subsystems, in a flow sheet manner, which are then fitted to data provided by the mine operators. Solving the integrated model ensures the subsystems’ operations are synchronised and whole-of-mine energy efficiency is encouraged. An investigation on a case study of an open-pit coal mine is conducted to validate the proposed methodology. Opportunities are presented for using the model to aid energy-efficient decision-making at various levels of a mine, and future work to improve the approach is described.

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ID Code: 90906
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Integrated Model, Mixed Integer Linear Programming, Energy Effciency, Open-pit Coal Mining, Decision Support
DOI: 10.1080/00207543.2015.1117150
ISSN: 1366-588X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Mathematical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 02 Dec 2015 01:49
Last Modified: 26 May 2016 00:42

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