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de Haan, Laura (author)
The frequent occurrence of catastrophic tailings dam failures underscores the urgent need to improve safety practices and minimise associated risks. This study introduces an advanced tool to evaluate the total Probability of Failure (PoF) of existing tailings dams systematically and effectively, supporting the rational prioritisation of...
master thesis 2023
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Graes, Fabian (author)
This thesis investigates the impact of truck electrification systems on CO2 emissions and financial aspects in mining. Through comprehensive simulations, the study analyses diesel-electric trucks with trolley assist as well as battery-electric variants with trolley assist and stationary charging. The research findings reveal a noteworthy decline...
master thesis 2023
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Aguilar Rodriguez, Mario (author)
The implementation of autonomous haulage systems in open-pit mines is a progressive step in the industry, but it brings potential safety risks that need careful evaluation. This study developed a discrete event simulation model to analyze and evaluate these risks in different operating scenarios -fully autonomous, hybrid (a mix of autonomous and...
master thesis 2023
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Maat, Sander (author)
Frisia Zout B.V. extracts salt from the subsurface by means of solution mining in the north-western part of The Netherlands. The caverns are situated in the Zechstein-II Halite at a depth of around 2.5 km. Because of this depth and the low operating pressure (around 60% of lithostatic pressure) the salt creep within the cavern is high. Once a...
master thesis 2023
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Whittle Rodriguez, Luis (author)
The widespread concerns about climate change, as well as the major enabling factors for the transition that are required to guarantee its control, necessitate research and a tool that can provide insight into the future of copper mining.The world's copper supply is primarily concentrated in a few producing locations: Chile, Peru, Democratic...
master thesis 2022
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Meijer, Tim (author)
The goal of a mining operation is to extract the maximum value from exploiting the orebody. The equipment used by these mining operations has a nominally rated performance to achieve needed annual production. However, this nominally rated performance is not achieved during operations. This study assesses the underlying causes of reduced shovel...
master thesis 2022
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Kamp, Fabian (author)
Measuring and analyzing the tunnel deformation through convergence measurements and cross-correlation with geological mapping is essential for understanding and controlling tunnel stability, worker safety and predicting failure zones. In order to achieve this, a new device, the so-called GroundProbe GML is tested and analyzed in this study....
master thesis 2022
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van Hooijdonk, Eva (author)
Surface mining operations can have a significant visual impact on the surrounding landscape and communities. There have been numerous cases of local populations pushing back against the development of mining operations near their communities. This study aims to determine whether it is possible to assess the visual impact of surface mining...
master thesis 2021
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van Erp, Huub (author)
The enlargement of the lock complex of Terneuzen in 2023 will allow Capesize vessels up to 300 meters in length, to access the Ghent-Terneuzen canal and reach the quay of ArcelorMittal Ghent (AMG). The goal of this thesis is to estimate to what extent these vessels can be used, the impact that these vessels will have on the supply chain and the...
master thesis 2021
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Ortega Cuartas, Eliana (author)
The lime is a versatile product with multiple applications in everyday life. According to the European lime association, each citizen uses around 150 grams of lime per day. It is used as a base material to produce various products in environmental, agriculture, metallurgical production, construction, and chemical industries, among others. The...
master thesis 2021
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van der Meer, Olaf (author)
The aim of this master thesis is to improve a raw materials certification scheme by checking and validating the application matrix and the coherent hazards developed for the Certification of Raw materials (CERA) project. The scope of the original application matrix included exploration, mining, physical processing, chemical processing, smelting...
master thesis 2020
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van Maanen, Wesley (author)
The main goal of this research is to get a better understanding of the manganese refining path in the steelmaking converter process. This study focuses primarly on manganese refining due to manganese mass transfer, between metal containing droplets and oxidized slag in the metal-slag emulsion zone, in the top part of the steelmaking converter....
master thesis 2020
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Zoetmulder, Luuk (author)
Over the last decade, interest in deep-sea mining of Polymetallic Nodules (PN) has reignited. It is driven by an increasing demand of metals that are critical for the digital economy and modern technologies such as batteries. Methods for resource estimation of PN are known and commercially available. There is however no standard method of a...
master thesis 2020
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van Duijn, Jaap (author)
To optimise mining in a safe, geotechnically controlled and economical most beneficial way in Mine 2 of the Stjernøy mine, a choice has been made to review the current mining method, sublevel open stoping, and a different mining method, vertical crater retreat. The Stjernøy mine is an open pit and underground mine for Nepheline Syenite and this...
master thesis 2020
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Monteith, David (author)
The current plan of bottom to top bottom sublevel stoping for the Kearney gold vein at the Cavanacaw mine, Omagh, Northern Ireland may not be the most effective in terms of stability. The Kearney ore body is a narrow vein gold deposit, which has been previously exploited through an open pit and is currently being developed as an underground...
master thesis 2020
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Zhang, Yepin (author)
When making a decision between conducting owner and contractor mining, it is common for the mine owner to take into consideration a number of factors to assess the suitability of either method for any particular project. This research identifies and investigates the key factors by means of literature review and questionnaires and interviews with...
master thesis 2020
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Elpenhof, Chris (author)
Mining projects around the world face a significant challenge to reduce their footprint and be more environmentally friendly. Research has shown that mineral processing is of major influence, due to the use of heavy chemicals that are both expensive and polluting. Currently, electrowinning (the electrodeposition of metals) is only used in the...
master thesis 2019
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Goense, Thijs (author)
The transition from open-pit to underground mining operations is a frequently occurring procedure for mines around the world. The Akyem Gold Mine in Ghana is an example, where the transition is to be optimized with regard to the significant reduction in yearly throughput. The current processing plant is commissioned to efficiently process up to...
master thesis 2019
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Taylor, Renske (author)
The first size reduction stage in open pit hard rock mining is blasting and is fundamental for mineral resource extraction as it enables transportation of the rock. Consistent frag-mentation results are preferable as it can ease the loading, hauling and crushing stages. Fragmentation analysis assists in identifying areas where similar blast...
master thesis 2019
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Waheed, Atif (author)
Blasting and drilling serves as an essential element for a mining operation to excel. Optimization of this operational aspect, requires consideration of various parameters that can be controllable or uncontrollable. To overcome the tediousness of analyzing each element selectively, some major parameters are outlined, and each blast is rendered...
master thesis 2019
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