NDT of wire ropes with E/M instruments an examination of operational conditions in Canada
CIM Bulletin, Vol. 85, No. 964, 1992
L.B. Geller and J.E Udd, Mining Research Laboratories, CANMET-EMR, Ottawa, Ontario
Responding to requests by the Canadian mining industry and the mine regulatory authorities, the Canada Centre for Mineral and Energy Technology (CANMET) undertook a major research project on evaluation of wire rope testing in 1986. The objectives were to document, analyze, and clarify — in basic operational terms — the reasons for ongoing mine shaft wire rope failures that occur despite mandatory non-destructive testing (NDT) with electromagnetic (EM) instruments on a routine basis.
The project's investigative scope and depth was unprecedented. It could not have been successfully completed without the wholehearted cooperation of industry, research organizations, and mine-inspectorates at both national and international levels.The project's goals were attained. It was shown that, at present, the problem areas in Canada are of a human, rather than of a hardware-related nature. Consequently, the principal recommendations are concerned with a more widespread, more uniform and thorough operator training and certification process at industrial and regulatory levels. Secondary suggestions concern areas of hardware-related improvements.
In this paper an up-to-date general overview is given of the major project results. An extensive reference list is also provided of papers that contain all relevant documentation in detail.
Mine shafts, Wire rope testing, Safety.