Domestic Research and Development projects

CUBR 1 – Development of Energy Efficient Copper Ore Crushing Technology for the Polkowice Ore Deposit

Project implementation period: 01.01.2015 – 28.02.2019
Total project value: 15 817 000,00 PLN
Project value of FCERM: 2 146 500,00 PLN
Project implemented as part of a scientific consortium consisting of: KGHM Ltd., Stanisław Staszic AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków

The project involves laboratory testing of grinding and enrichment of copper ore fractions from O/ZWR of KGHM PM S.A., with variable physical and mineralogical properties affecting their enrichment, energy consumption (>30%) and technological yield. The results of the research will enable the development of prototypes of crushers and vibrating mill on a semi-technical scale and their technological systems. The prototypes will then be manufactured and tested in industrial conditions. Based on the results of these tests, guidelines will be drawn up for the design of new processing machines adapted to the current processes of the O/ZWR units of KGHM. This will enable their upgrading and unification, resulting in measurable environmental and economic benefits. Environmental benefits will undoubtedly include a reduction in the area occupied by waste dumps, lower pollution emissions and savings in natural resources. Above all, the economic benefits will be reduced energy consumption, increased utility rate, reduced operating costs and environmental charges.

CUBR 2 – Classification Optimization in Hydro cyclones in the Enrichment Process of Polish Copper Ores – “Opticlass”

Project implementation period: 01.06.2015 – 28.02.2019
Total project value: PLN 5 058 000,00
Project value FCERM: PLN 1 170 000,00
The project is implemented within a scientific consortium comprising: the Institute of Non-Ferrous Metals, Stanisław Staszic AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow

The objective of the project is to develop and implement a pilot installation to operate a classification system in a hydro cyclone at KGHM Polska Miedź SA and to implement an innovative steering algorithm. The objective is to optimise the process. The evaluation criteria will be the increase of the distribution sharpness up to 85%, the achievement of the assumed distribution grain and the economic evaluation. The pilot plant for classification in the hydro cyclone will be equipped with modern measuring devices (granulometer, flowmeters, densimeters) and controllers. The control will be based on algorithms verified for real data. Mathematical models will be based on the latest methods: adaptive models, fuzzy systems, graph theory, CFD. Quantitative and qualitative mineralogical analysis will be performed (scanning electron microscope with MLA 3.1 software). The project will result in a complete set of information and guidelines for classification technology in the hydro cyclone.


Title: “Modern methods for ground investigation in road construction”
Project implementation period:  1.12.2015 – 31.07.2018
Total project value: 2 999 562,50 PLN
Including FCERM: 240 000,00 PLN

Project carried out within a scientific consortium comprising: Polish Geological Institute – National Research Institute in Warsaw, Stanisław Staszic University of Science and Technology in Cracow, Warsaw University of Technology.The aim of the Project is to validate methods of investigating properties of subsoil in road construction and to indicate the most effective methods depending on the type of designed road structure (embankments, bridges, tunnels and other engineering objects) and geotechnical conditions.Implementation of these guidelines will contribute significantly to improvement in the quality of documenting ground conditions for newly constructed and modernised roads and structures, which will make it possible to optimise investment costs for earthworks and groundworks. A measurable effect of the implementation of the guidelines will be a systematic reduction of inadequate identification of ground conditions risks at every stage of the investment.


Title:  “Self-excited Acoustic SAS System for monitoring safety level in mine workings”
Project implementation period: 1.07.2017-31.12.2019
Total project value: 832 875,00 PLN
Including FCERM: 214 875,00 PLN
The project is divided into two parts.

The first part – conceptual – includes three tasks aimed at organising a symposium and presenting the possibilities of implementing the SAS system in monitoring anchor shoring in industry. In addition, the aim of the task is to analyse recent international patent applications and to determine the level of interest in the proposed solution and to define legal norms regulating the issue of securing mine workings.The second part – research and development – comprises five tasks. In the first stage, the influence of the type of inductor on the sensitivity of strain measurement in the anchor under laboratory conditions will be investigated. A synthetic summary of parameters of the measuring system and the system coupling the measuring system with a given type of anchor will be developed. Tests will be performed under laboratory conditions for various anchor shoring solutions using reference measurement systems. Then within the frame of the task a complex filtering system based on fuzzy logic will be implemented. In addition, verification of the measuring system in mining conditions will be performed. Single anchors will be tested, and the results will be compared with the reference system.

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