Mining is an increasingly technology-driven industry, providing engineers with an opportunity to make significant improvements in established processes and equipment — while also creating a new generation of mining capabilities.

Nonlinear stress analysis of construction vehicle cab and support structure is critical for driver safety, such as in case of a serious accident, when the components must deform well beyond the material yield point.

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Renewed emphasis on improving production, increasing safety, reducing energy usage and increasing environmental protection practices have only emphasized the need for engineers to develop better health and safety systems, improve the efficiency of mining machinery, and create more reliable and better controlled processes. Mining engineers are challenged to optimize exploration, drilling and extraction processes as well as to improve the contributions of lower-yielding mines.

Shock waves and pressure distributions in blast field

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Engineering simulation software from ANSYS has helped global mining leaders to develop, verify and implement specialized new technologies related to process innovation, operational efficiency, best practices, safety and sustainable development. For example, structural mechanics and explicit dynamics analysis tools from ANSYS have helped customers to perform mining equipment failure scenario studies. Engineers use numerical simulation to help identify the cause of failures and develop new designs that will prevent future failures — all in a relatively short time and without any risk to mining personnel.

Other mining industry customers have used software from ANSYS to model combustion and fire spread within mines, to optimize ventilation systems, to develop leading-edge equipment, to optimize mineral extraction processes and to design new pollution control systems.