Coarse Ore Bin
November 2020 marks the construction and commissioning completion of HD’s largest structure to date; a 7000 ton coarse ore bin.
HD took the coarse ore bin from concept, through detailed design. The bin was designed using finite element analysis to Eurocode and S16 standards, using Eurocode bulk material loading and discharge profiles. HD also evaluated the effects of blasting on the bin shell and structure.
The bin and its associated platforms and structures were designed between a 6,000 tph mainline belt conveyor and dual 2,500 tph plow feeders feeding a 2,500 tph reclaim conveyor.
HD participated in constructability review meetings and shop drawing reviews; working closely with the fabricator and installer to plan the sequencing and weldment sizes to efficiently lower and assemble the bin underground. HD also completed the engineering for the fabricator’s lift plans and structural connections.
HD provided continuous construction support to our client and the installation contractor to develop modifications to the installation plan and construction sequencing to ensure the schedule wasn’t delayed.
Miner Canopy FOPS Engineering
Scope of project involved evaluating the Falling Object Protective Structures (FOPS) on underground mining equipment to determine the maximum energy absorption at the yield strength or buckling capacity for each canopy.
Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software was used to simulate the performance of the canopies under a series of load cases, including distributed loads of various sizes and locations. The maximum load for each case was determined by the first point of failure.
The results of this analysis will be used to develop design criteria to define minimum requirements for future FOPS structures.
Link-belt Conveyor Design
HD completed the conceptual and detailed design of a new link-belt conveyor for use with 48-inch and 54-inch belts up to a maximum length of 1,000 ft. The conveyor design was based on an existing link-belt conveyor, extensible drives, and included as many site standard components as possible.
The new conveyor combined a 122 hp motorized pulley drive and hand-operated cable winch take-up system on a common drive/take-up frame. The conveyor also featured a manual hydraulic belt-clamp system, back-mounted cable stringers with supports and tensioning mechanism, and ground-mounted anchors. HD incorporated details to improve the operability and maintainability of the conveyor through design reviews with onsite personnel.
UG Chute Design
Our client required the design of a new transfer chute to allow two 54” conveyors to feed a 60” conveyor at 90 degrees. One of the 54” conveyors and the 60” conveyor were existing so the belt centerlines had to be maintained. The scope included DEM modelling to minimize overall height while minimizing dust, and maintaining belt tracking, by strategically locating deflector plates. The loading zone (impact bed, dust enclosure, and skirting) were largely existing and supplied by a competitor who worked with HD to design a new interface. To improve maintenance, HD incorporated a monorail into the design that would support removal of the deflector plates, the chute wall panels, and the head pulleys. Access platforms are to be provided on either side of the 60” conveyor for skirting maintenance as well as above the tail pulley for monorail trolley access.
Rotary Plow Feeder Design
This project involved designing a set of four rotary plow feeders to be used underground at a potash mine. The plow feeders will be installed beneath two raw ore storage bins and feed material onto shuttle conveyors which are part of the conveyance system supplying raw ore to the surface. The project scope included:
Belt Winder Design
HD completed the design of a belt winder to accommodate a 48″ wide by 63″ diameter roll of belting that weighs 6,700 lb. The belt winder was custom designed to suit a client’s specific requirements for use and functionality. The belt winder was hydraulically driven and includes:
The center pivot on non-drive side of the winder was designed to be hydraulically relocated to allow a forklift to place or remove a roll of belting.