Course Details

Subject {L-T-P / C} : MN3101 : Underground Metal Mining {3-0-0 / 3}
Subject Nature : Theory
Coordinator : Prof. Singam Jayanthu


Module1: Methods: Techno-economic analysis on choice of stoping methods,
Module 2: high productivity methods: blast hole stoping, vertical retreat method of mining, block caving, raise stoping, underground bench blasting, stope design and production planning in the various methods of stopping
Module 3: Special underground excavations: shaft pockets, ore bins, ore transfer, ramp, decline, step-mining methods,
Module 4: stope fills: preparation, transportation and filling operation, stope design and production planning, methods of pillar extraction,
Module 5: solution mining: in situ leaching, underground retorting, under-sea mining, introduction to novel mining methods, Special underground excavation and system of supports Pillar extraction: methods of pillar extraction, salt, potash and sulphur mining- their special problems.

Course Objectives

  1. To introduce the different types of metal mining methods to the students

Course Outcomes

CO1: Understand the different metal mining method
CO2: Understand different factors associated with different stopping method
CO3: Understand the development, haulage system, blasting practices, extraction procedure, support design of different metal mining methods

Essential Reading

  1. Y. P. Chacharkar, A study of Metalliferous Mining Methods, Lovely Prakashan, Dhanbad , 1994
  2. B. C. Arthur, SME Mining Engineers Hand Book, American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers New York , 1973

Supplementary Reading

  1. K. S. Stout, Mining Methods and Equipment, McGraw hill New York , 1980
  2. DGMS, Metal Mines Regulations-1961, Lovely Prakashan , Dhanbad