Special Issue "The IMTech 2021 Innovative Mining Technologies"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Geo-Energy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Dariusz Prostański
Guest Editor
KOMAG Institute of Mining Technology, Gliwice, Poland
Interests: mining technologies; mining machines; magnetics; spraying system; mining hazards; heat pipes
Dr. Bartosz Polnik
Guest Editor
KOMAG Institute of Mining Technology, Gliwice, Poland
Interests: mining electrotechnical; electromobility; diagnostic systems; high efficiency energy transfer
Dr. Jarosław Tokarczyk
Guest Editor
KOMAG Institute of Mining Technology, Gliwice, Poland
Interests: calculations with use of finite elements method (FEM); thermal numerical calculation; multibody system (MBS) analyses; safe trans design (STD) modular system for shaping the underground safety; virtual reality; augmented reality

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Despite the decline in hard coal and lignite production due to the ongoing energy transformation across Europe, the mining industry still needs state-of-the-art machinery and equipment. Coal mining to greater depths is associated with increase in natural hazards, so the mines need intelligent and more automated mining solutions. In the coming years, hard coal mines may become full participants in the so-called Industry 4.0, implementing intelligent ICT systems and automating the subsequent parts of the production process. An intelligent mine is to be characterized by state-of-the-art solutions that translate into higher production efficiency and increase in miners’ safety, as they could be withdrawn from the most dangerous places.

This Special Issue related to the KOMTECH-IMTech Conference aims to provide an important contribution to technical development by presentation of the latest solutions that will increase production efficiency, improve work safety in mines, and reduce operational costs of mining plants.

The 21. International Scientific and Technical Conference KOMTECH-IMTech will be held in November in Szczyrk. The aim of the conference is to present the latest scientific, research, and technical achievements in the field of mining, especially focusing on occupational safety and health protection, exchange of knowledge and experience in the use of innovative techniques and technologies, as well as presentation of the latest achievements of manufacturers of machinery and equipment. Every year, the conference contributes to the integration of the scientific community with industry representatives, giving a chance for discussion and traditionally gathering a large group of people interested in the directions of development of safe and effective mining.

Dr. Dariusz Prostański
Dr. Bartosz Polnik
Dr. Jarosław Tokarczyk
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Shaft transportation
  • Horizontal transport
  • Powered roof supports
  • Longwall mining
  • Roadway systems
  • Longwall shearers
  • Roadheaders
  • Run-of-mine transportation
  • Transportation of people in mine undergrounds
  • Automation and robotization of mining processes
  • Forecasting of natural hazards
  • Elimination of mine hazards
  • Mine management system
  • Machine monitoring and diagnostics
  • Reduction in machine components and equipment wear
  • Driving systems
  • Hydraulic and pneumatic systems
  • Lithium-ion batteries
  • Heat pipes
  • Magnetic brakes
  • Mining electrotechnical
  • Electromobility
  • Diagnostic systems
  • High-efficiency energy transfer
  • Energy management
  • Sustainable transformation of mining regions
  • Calculations with use of the finite elements method (FEM)
  • Thermal Numerical Calculation, Multibody System (MBS) analyses
  • Safe trans design (STD) modular system for shaping underground safety
  • Virtual reality
  • Augmented reality Mining technologies Mining machines Spraying system

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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