ARTICLE | doi:10.20944/preprints201801.0231.v1
Subject: Engineering, Other Keywords: Data mining; Association rules; Previous Cause; Type of Accident; Overexertion
Online: 24 January 2018 (19:40:52 CET)
An analysis of workplace accidents in the mining sector has been done using the database from the Spanish administration between the period 2005-2015 and applying data mining techniques. Data has been processed by means of the software Weka. Two scenarios were chosen regarding the accidents database, surface and underground mining. The most important variables involved in occupation accidents and their association rules have been determined. These rules are formed by several predictor variables that cause an accident, defining its characteristics and context. This study exposes the 20 most important association rules of the sector, either surface or underground mining, based on statistical confidence levels of each rule obtained by Weka. The outcomes display the most typical immediate causes with the percentage of accident basis of each association rule. The most typical immediate cause is body movement with physical effort or overexertion and type of accident is physical effort or overexertion. On the other hand, the second most important immediate cause and type of accident change in both scenarios. Data mining techniques have been proved as a very powerful tool to find out the root of the accidents, apply corrective measures and verify their effectiveness, either for public or private companies.
ARTICLE | doi:10.20944/preprints202108.0300.v1
Subject: Engineering, Other Keywords: clinker; used tires; pollutant gases; energy savings; environment impact
Online: 13 August 2021 (15:11:16 CEST)
The objective of this work is to compare how the gases emitted during the manufacture of the clinker vary in a cement plant, using two types of fuel: petroleum coke and unusable tires (UTs). The study is based on a case study using real time data on more than 40 process variables. Gases are analysed from two points of the production process: Sintering Kiln, main focus of emission to the atmosphere by chimney, and Preheater. The variation of CO and NOx depending on the oxygen and fuel type is studied. The SO2 levels are also analyzed, observing a decrease when using the UTs. The quality of the Clinker has been compared depending on the fuel type. The results are compared, on the one hand, with the quality of the clinker, determined by the content of the majority (C3S, Alite) and minority (Free CaO) phases, and, on the other hand, with the Kiln sintering temperature, the most influential parameter in the productive process. It is verified that Clinker quality is maintained, regardless of the type of fuel used. Concluding that the use of UTs as fuel can generate an important economic and environmental benefit for cement companies and their environment.
ARTICLE | doi:10.20944/preprints201807.0569.v1
Subject: Engineering, Civil Engineering Keywords: shaft plumbing; ventilation; plumb oscillation; gravity force and earth rotation
Online: 30 July 2018 (09:07:18 CEST)
A proper transmission of the orientation between surface and underground workings, by means of vertical shafts, is an important challenge in the mining industry, especially when the mine exceeds 200 meters deep. In fact, this study is developed in a mine located to 700 meters deep. Likewise, this paper assesses the accuracy of this operation, in a case study, using the two shafts plumbing and gyroscope methods in order to compare and analyse the planimetric displacement of the base line due to different source of errors in each one. Upsides and downsides of both methods are analysed in the paper. Some disadvantages in each method have been reduced thanks to the technological progress, especially in the two shaft plumbing method. The different sources of error that affect the measures are thoroughly analysed in the study with the aim to compensate them and achieve the required precision for an underground infrastructure. Mine ventilation has been found as one of the most important sources of error in the plumbing method due to intake and return airflow. In this direction, the paper unfolds some measures to reduce the ventilation influence and details a compensation method to reduce ventilation errors.