[Case Study] Road management system creates more fuel savings and cost reductions for mine roads

Fuel Savings Haul Road Management India HINCOL

Poorly managed haul roads have been proven to adversely affect fuel economy and total road user costs. as well as being a major maintenance and safety factor. 

In a special case study commissioned by DUST-A-SIDE and conducted by a leading tire manufacturer, Michelin at CEMA (Centre of Excellence Michelin Almeria) at their open air laboratory test centre in Spain, the impact of DUST-A-SIDE’s haul road management system on the fuel consumption of rigid dump trucks was assessed.

The test conditions were set to a reduced scale automated truck, at constant speed, with a pulling effort simulating a constant slope of 10% and on a DUST-A-SIDE stabilised road.

When comparing a stone covered (untreated) reference track and a DUST-A-SIDE treated track, a substantial reduction in fuel consumption of 7.5% could be measured.

Uncertainties linked to the extrapolation to real-life operations, with different trucks and variable speeds and slopes, led Michelin to a reasonable conclusion that the overall reduction in hourly fuel consumption is 3% on average.

The reduction in fuel consumption observed by Michelin can be directly attributed to the reduction in rolling resistance realised with DUST-A-SIDE’s road management system.

Independent study

An independent study undertaken by Road Safety Training Services at a mine in Australia found the following:

“A DUST-A-SIDE treated sealed surface improved rolling resistance compared with unsealed surfaces; potentially in the order of 20-30% compared with a competent unsealed haul road.” 

A similar study conducted over a 4-month evaluation period found that a DUST-A-SIDE road reduced the measured International Roughness Index (IRI) by almost 40% compared with an untreated control section of the same road, as shown in the chart below.

Rolling Resistance Fuel Savings

It is now widely accepted in the construction and mining industries that there is a strong correlation between rolling resistance and fuel consumption. 

However, rolling resistance also directly affects haulage production performance as can be seen in the above chart. As rolling resistance increases, production efficiency reduces.

Contact DUST-A-SIDE HINCOL on +91-22-23023250 to determine the cost savings that can be realised at your operation through a reduction in haul road rolling resistance.

DUST-A-SIDE HINCOL uses a total road user cost analysis that considers the impact of rolling resistance upon:

  • Fuel costs
  • Cost per tonne hauled (productivity)
  • Tire costs (wear rates and premature failures)
  • Equipment and maintenance costs (wear and fatigue)

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