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The Department of Mining and Metallurgy have interactive and sophisticated facilities, including:

Computer Lab

The Department of Mining Engineering has an interactive and sophisticated computer lab that provides:

  • I-Lecture facility
  • 60 computers
  • Exam weeks (May 30-June 24; and October 31-November 25): 24 hour accessibility for staff and students
  • During semester students have access for 20 hours a day: 6am-2am.
  • During semester break students have access from 8am-5pm.
  • Closed over Christmas break.

Various Mining software packages including:

  • Vulcan
  • Surpac
  • Datamine
  • Whittle
  • Minex
  • JKSimblast
  • Phase 2
  • Examine 2D
  • Dips
  • Ventsim
  • Talpac
  • Cat Fleet Production and Cost Analysis (FPC)

Mining Simulator

The simulator allows students, new mine workers and experienced personnel to learn how to operate mine equipment in a safe and forgiving environment. Simulators can be used for operator training, process evaluation, mine planning and risk management training.

Geomechanics Lab

The Shear Testing System SDS-150 is an electro-hydraulic closed-loop digital servo control for shear and normal loads for test automation. Loads or deformations for both the shear and normal actuators can be prescribed for automatically performing conventional direct shear tests as well as more advanced tests. This system can be easily programmed to perform tests such as the constant normal stiffness test where the normal load is a function of a prescribed stiffness for simulating actual compressibility of a ground shear plane (e.g. soil-pile interaction).

The Shear Test System is especially well suited to test coarse granular materials and/or simulate interface materials because of its large sample size and high load capacity. A major advantage of this electro-hydraulic system over conventional motorized system is that this system eliminates vibrations that can disturb or compact granular specimens.

The RDS-100 is a Direct Shear System for Testing Rocks, used for shear testing on a wide range of rock specimen configurations including cylindrical cores, cubes, prisms, and rock fragments, to determine shear strength.

This system features electronic sensors and digital displays to monitor the loads and deformations. A standard A/D automatic data acquisition with USB interface is included to automatically log and reduces the test data. The software accepts inputs from the shear and normal load sensors, the shear deformation, and up to four normal deformations.

The STX100 triaxial testing system is used to perform dynamic tests for liquefaction, resilient modulus, cyclic strength, complex modulus, and other dynamic triaxial tests including synchronized cyclic axial and confining stress loading. This system also provides the necessary versatility to automatically perform conventional triaxial tests as well as advanced procedures such as stress or strain path.

The STX-100 can be programmed to automatically perform all triaxial stages including saturation, consolidation, and easily created cyclic and static customized test procedures, including an unlimited variety of waveforms including user-generated profiles such as a digitized earthquake records. It may also be used in conjunction with the ULT 100 for laboratory ultrasonic velocity measurements used to study the elastic behavior of geological materials at simulated in situ stress conditions. Ultrasonic testing is non-destructive and provides compression (P) wave and shear (S) wave velocity information which can be used in calculating dynamic elastic constants such as Poisson’s Ratio (u), Young’s Modulus (E), Bulk Modulus (K), and Shear Modulus (G).

The system uses a fast-acting pulser that provides excitation to the ultrasonic sensor and an ultra high speed analog-to-digital converter for storing the resulting waveforms signals. The sampling rate can be selected from 20 MHz to a sampling rate as low as 156 Hz allowing the capture of a wide range of ultrasonic signals. Also included within the ULT-100 is an 8 channel general purpose data logging device that accepts ±10 VDC signals for recording parameters such as load and displacement.

The UCT1000 GCTS Uniaxial Testing System is capable of performing static and dynamic closed-loop load, deformation, strain or any other measured or calculated parameter. Automatic “bump-less” or smooth control transfer can be programmed at any test stage. The system performs compression and tension loading with an electro-hydraulic closed-loop control system and is ideal for performing unconfined compression, bending, indirect tension, fracture, creep, and other material tests upto 1000kN compression and 800kN tension.

The PLT100 Point Load Test equipment is used in conjunction with core rock specimens or irregular rock fragments to obtain the point load strength index and unconfined compressive strength. Using the computer control and acquisition software, a correction is applied to account for the specimen size and shape, and the unconfined compressive strength is obtained from a correlation equation. Three types of tests can be performed: diametral, axial, and irregular lump and axial loads of up to 100 kN can be developed.

Metallurgy Facilities

Chemistry Laboratories

  • Standard undergraduate chemical laboratory, atomic absorption spectrophotometers, UV spectrophotometer, zeta potential unit, surface tension meter, carbon and sulphur analyser.

Mineral Processing Laboratories

  • Crushers (jaw, cone, roll), Grinding (rod, ball, tower mills), ring pulverizers, screens and screen shakers, riffle and rotary samplers, jig, spirals, shaking table, flotation cells, cyclone circuit, sieve bend, vibrating screens, Knelson concentrator, Falcon concentrator, Davis tube magnetic separator, laser sizer, cyclosizer, induced roll magnetic separator, disc magnetic separator, pressure filtration.

Hydrometallurgy Laboratories

  • Pilot scale mixer settler circuit, pilot pulse column, pilot electrostatic SX column, autoclave, bottle rolls, column leaching, continuous and batch tank leaching.

Pyrometallurgy Laboratories

  • Induction furnace, mass transport gas controllers, muffle furnaces, tube furnaces, fire assay furnaces.

Computer Laboratory

  • Metallurgical software available in the computer laboratories includes: Loop-Pro, JKSimMet, Limn, Metsim, and SysCAD.