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.