Mining products and components
Carbon fibre products offer the Mining Industry improved safety and ROI
Composite products and components for the Mining Industry
Improved safety and ROI
Carbon Fibre products can be manufactured for the Mining Industry with greater:
Strength than steel at a fraction of its weight (in some cases, just 25 per cent) (delivering improved safety and greater mechanical and fuel efficiencies); and
Durability (longer life and less maintenance) as they are able to withstand intense heat, corrosive substances (eg salt, water and chemicals which can cause irreparable damage to other traditional materials) and can be moulded into single pieces (fewer joins).
If you require strength without weight - and longevity in hostile environments - carbon fibre’s incredible versatility makes possibility a reality!
Carbon Tech Mining’s experts will help you develop a tailored solution: from inception, through design,
Examples of projects to date (see photo gallery beneath)
(The products below have been designed by Rivers Carbon and are being manufactured by Triac Composites.)
1. Ventilation Tubes
Benefits: Very light (enabling quicker assembly and retrieval by hand as well as reducing number of shoulder injuries). Very tough (minimising maintenance). Very stiff (increasing fan pressure). High chemical and heat resistance.
2. Mining Dump Trucks: Wheel Covers
Product: Wheel covers for 3300, 4400 and 6300 electric wheel drive mining trucks.
Benefits: Light, non-conductive, fire resistant and tough compared with OEM covers.
3. Backhoe / Face Shovel / Dragline
Product: Carbon fibre sticks and booms for Cat 6060 and Cat 6090 models. Booms for
Benefits: Reduced weight of stick and boom without negatively impacting strength.
Opportunity to make bigger buckets than an OEM (20T bigger for a 6060) or to reduce the size of the counterweight. This would produce cascade savings by reducing the number of “swings” to load a truck or speed up the swing rate.
4. Mono Rail
Product: 150mm carbon mono rail.
Benefits: The carbon rail weighs just 25 per cent of its steel equivalent (9kg Vs 35kg) and a test loading of the carbon fibre rail gave it a higher rating.
5. Conveyor Belt Rollers
Product: Conveyor belt rollers for BHP Westcliff mine.
Benefits: Reduced weight, elimination of corrosion, longer wearing (especially with the addition of
silicon carbide to the surface of the rollers) and high fire resistance (to comply with FRAS requirements).
6. Relay Bar Extensions
Product: Relay bar extensions for long wall machines.
Benefit: The weight of each relay bar extension was reduced to just 20kg and, under pressure test conditions, was able to withstand 90t. With 20kg being light enough to lift, this equipment could be adapted to use as a tow bar on a truck.
7. Carbon Wheels
Product: Carbon wheels built to US military standards.
Benefits: Weight savings result in greater fuel efficiency. Also high fire and chemical resistance.
8. Safety Chocks
Product: Safety chocks.
Benefits: Easy to lift (reduced number of injuries) with weight being reduced from 20kg to 6kg.
9. Belt Roll
Product: Belt rolls available for 5t rolls of belt rubber.
Benefits: Roll centres are light enough to handle by hand.
10. Continuous Miner Manifold
Product: Miner Manifold.
Benefits: The manifold flows 30 per cent better than the OEM part and is light enough
to manually handle.
Video: Carbon fibre ventilation tubes by Rivers Carbon at BHP Coal Mine in Illawarra, Australia
Video: Carbon fibre ventilation tubes at Oaky Creek Coal Mine (Glencore) by Rivers Carbon
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