Faculty of Engineering

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Professor Jerry Tien



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit provides engineering principles of electricity, use of electricity in modern mines, mine power distribution and application, mining cables, electricity safety; principles of mine dewatering; fundamental of pumps, pumping systems, specialty pumps; use of compressed air and associated safety hazards.


At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. comprehend the fundamentals of thermodynamics and the energy equation and be able to explain key concepts in relation to mine power distribution problems
  2. apply fundamental theories underlying electrical circuits, properties of electrical power and pros and cons of AC/DC power to solve mine power distribution problems
  3. comprehend the principles underlying different types of electrical motors and be able to explain their applications in mining
  4. comprehend the concept of mine dewatering and be able to explain a basic dewatering system
  5. analyse a pumping system, including characteristic curves, pump selection, and power requirements leading to the design of a basic pump system
  6. comprehend the role of compressed air in mining and be able to explain how it can be used in mines, including an appreciation of the associated safety hazards


Assignment/Practical/Project work (continuous assessment): 50%
Closed Book Examination (3 hours): 50%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve these requirements will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 2 hours practice class and 7 hours private study per week

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