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Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

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KUMRAL, M.. Reconstruction time of a mine through reliability analysis and genetic algorithms. J. S. Afr. Inst. Min. Metall. [online]. 2009, vol.109, n.5, pp. 301-308. ISSN 2411-9717.

A mining system consists of many sub-systems such as drilling, blasting, loading, hauling, ventilation, hoisting and supporting. During mining operation, these sub-systems may experience various problems that stop the operation because of possible environmental, equipment and safety issues. In order to ensure delivery contracts in the required quality and safe mining medium, the operation should be, at least, performed in the specified reliability level of the system. If the system reliability decreases below the specified level, there will be safety and financial losses for the mining company. Therefore, the mine should be maintained by a reconstruction procedure to guarantee the operation continuity. Given that each sub-system has a different reliability function and maintenance cost, the determination of reconstruction time will be a complicated decision making problem. In this paper, the determination of reconstruction time is formulated as a nonlinear optimization problem and solved by genetic algorithms (GA). A case study was conducted to demonstrate the performance of the approach for an underground operation. The results showed that the approach could be used to determine the best action time.

Keywords : mining system; genetic algorithms; reconstruction time; reliability analysis.

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