Forecast and comparison of application areas of high-angle conveyors

The article discusses application of cyclical-and-continuous technology using highangle pressure-belt conveyors in open pit mines. The increase in the pit depth leads to the worsening of mining conditions and to the higher expenses connected with haulage, which constitute a significant part of the cost of mining. The promising method of broken rock haulage is the use of cyclical-and-continuous technology. The operation of the conventional belt conveyors needs straight portions of pit wall, involves high capital costs of preparatory work and, in case that cutback is necessary, leads to an increased amount of stripping and, thus, to heavy expenditures. Consequently, it is of the current concern to substantiate an economically effective application range for the cyclical-and-continuous technology with high-angle pressure-belt conveyors as compared with the truck-and-shovel systems, highangle conveyor galleries and belts. The layout of the high-angle pressure-belt conveyor and its application examples in open pit mining are given. The studies have found parameters for the cyclical-and-continuous technology with the high-angle pressure-belt conveyor, conventional belts and truck-and-shovel systems at different process variables (lifting height of rocks from 180 to 680 m, annual capacity of operating system from 5 to 30 Mt/yr). The change in NPV versus geotechnical parameters in case of the cyclical-and-continuous technologies with the highangle pressure-belt conveyor, conventional belt and truck-and-shovel system is demonstrated. The range of the most efficient application of the cyclical-and-continuous technology with the high-angle pressure-belt conveyor as against the truck-and-shovel system, conveyor belt and high-angle conveyor gallery is identified.

Keywords: cyclical-and-continuous technology, high-angle conveyor, high-angle pressure-belt conveyor, technical and economic comparison, truck-and-shovel system, crushing-and-loading plant, belt conveyor, conveyor gallery.
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Semenkin A. V., Zhuravlev A. G. Forecast and comparison of application areas of high-angle conveyors. MIAB. Mining Inf. Anal. Bull. 2021;(5—2):322—337. [In Russ]. DOI: 10.25018/0236_1493_2021_52_0_322.


The study was carried out under State Contract No. 075-00581-19-00, Topic No. 0405-20190007.

Issue number: 5
Year: 2021
Page number: 322-337
ISBN: 0236-1493
UDK: 622.68:621.867.212.7
DOI: 10.25018/0236_1493_2021_52_0_322
Article receipt date: 16.12.2020
Date of review receipt: 25.03.2021
Date of the editorial board′s decision on the article′s publishing: 10.04.2021
About authors:

Semenkin A. V.1, junior researcher, е-mail:;
Zhuravlev A. G.1, Cand. Sci. (Eng.), chief of laboratory, Institute of mining, е-mail:;
1 Institute of Mining of Ural branch of RAS, Ekaterinburg, Russia.


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