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Micromechanics of rock fracture: enabling energy-efficient mining through next generation cracking models

Project description

A new model for low-energy rock breaking

Mining operations are often conducted in remote locations, increasing the need for reliable off-grid energy sources. Aiming for near-zero environmental impact and sustainability, the generation and use of energy in a cleaner and more efficient way is a top priority. This hinges on the development of innovative energy efficient mining techniques. In this context, the EU-funded MICROCRACK project will develop a model for anisotropic cracking of heterogeneous rocks. By laying the scientific foundations for micromechanical modelling of rock fracture, this new model will embed the mechanisms governing cracking of heterogeneous rocks through a novel and interdisciplinary approach. Findings will be made available via a dissemination strategy aimed at increasing the impact of the research outcomes.

Coordinator

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
Net EU contribution
€ 183 454,80
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
United Kingdom

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Region
East of England East Anglia Cambridgeshire CC
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 183 454,80