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Title: Professional technical support services for the Mining Equipment Test Facility. First annual technical progress report, April 14-September 30, 1981

The Department of Energy recently began the operation of its Mining Equipment Test Facility. One component at that facility is the highly sophisticated Mine Roof Simulator (MRS) for research and development of roof support equipment. Because of its previous experience, the University of Pittsburgh was contracted to assist the Facilities Manager by providing professional technical support services, principally for the MRS. This technical progress report briefly describes the services provided during the reporting period and planned for the next period. No significant technical disclosures of interest to those not associated with the MRS are contained herein. One of the four units of the US government-owned METF is the Mine Roof Simulator. This unique $10 million test facility was designed to simulate underground mine roof loads and motions. The MRS is a hybrid, analog-digital, computer-controlled, closed-loop, electro-hydraulic, research device capable of applying either loads or displacements in the vertical and one horizontal axis. Its vertical capacity of 3,000,000 pounds can be applied over its 20 by 20 foot active test area. The horizontal load capacity is 1,600,000 pounds. It can simulate coal seam heights of up to 16 feet. Automatic data acquisition and real time display are provided. The most modern,more » sophisticated technology was used in its design and construction.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5317685
Report Number(s):
DOE/PC/42255-5
ON: DE82015085
DOE Contract Number:
AC22-81PC42255
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Pittsburgh Univ., PA (USA). Dept. of Civil Engineering
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
01 COAL, LIGNITE, AND PEAT; 42 ENGINEERING; LONGWALL MINING; POWERED SUPPORTS; MINING EQUIPMENT; TEST FACILITIES; ROOFS; SIMULATION; UNDERGROUND MINING; CALCULATION METHODS; ENGINEERING; FINITE ELEMENT METHOD; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; STRESSES; SUPPORTS; EQUIPMENT; MECHANICAL STRUCTURES; MINING; NUMERICAL SOLUTION 012000* -- Coal, Lignite, & Peat-- Mining; 420206 -- Engineering-- Mining & Drilling Equipment & Facilities-- (1980-1989)