Open Cut

Tyre Handler Testing Rig Stage 2: Lifting Trials

Open Cut » Maintenance & Equipment

Published: October 23Project Number: C34036

Get ReportAuthor: Peter Knights, Michael Heitzmann, Stephen Joseph | University of Queensland

Tyre handling is a major source of risk in surface mining operations, and in an incident in 2018, a fatality occurred when a tyre slipped from the grip of a tyre handling machine whilst being washed down.

Project C29043 designed, developed and commissioned a tyre handler gripper friction test rig to enable the frictional force between gripper and tyre to be quantified for a range of tyre types, pressures, tyre tread and sidewall wear modes, and surface wetting conditions.  

This project covers the next phase of test work made possible by the fully commissioned test rig. The aim being to scientifically address the industry wide knowledge gap around how operation and tyre parameters effect tyre handler gripper/tyre traction performance.

The project's objectives were to:

  • Quantify the maximum lift force for various pad-to-tyre contact conditions;
  • Identify the critical parameters that influence Factor of Safety (FoS);
  • Provide observations for improvement in tyre handling operations.

Observations in the following areas are fully described in the final report:

  • Slip mechanism;
  • Tyre wear;
  • Tyre orientation;
  • Tread wetting;
  • Vertical tyre handling;
  • Horizontal tyre handling.

From the perspective of minimising potential pressure energy release, it is desirable to handle tyres at the lowest pressure that will ensure adequate handling. This must ensure that there is no bead-seat displacement when lifting tyres, which is more likely to occur when lifting a tyre from the horizontal position due to shear forces prevailing on the bead seat.


Health and safety, productivity and environment initiatives.

Recently Completed Projects

C34019Longwall Bretby Cable Handling Monitoring With Fibre Optics

This project examined the potential of using fibre optic sensing tec...

C27049Mine Machine Radar Sensor Integration

The aim of this project was to develop an integrated radar sensor an...

C29007Innovative Coal Burst System To Investigate The Influence Of Confinement Loss And Pre-Conditioning On Coal Burst Mechanism

The challenges associated with designing and operating a safe and pr...


Open Cut

Safety, productivity and the right to operate are priorities for open cut mine research.

Recently Completed Projects

C33035High Water Recovery, Low Cost Desalination Using PV-Powered Membrane Capacitive Deionisation (Mcdi)

Capacitive deionization is a robust, energy efficient and cost effec...

C28035Topsoil Deficits In Site Rehabilitation Accelerated Transformation Of Spoils To Functional Soils

The incorporation of commercial biological amendments (compost, worm...

C34036Tyre Handler Testing Rig Stage 2: Lifting Trials

Tyre handling is a major source of risk in surface mining operations...

Open Cut

Coal Preparation

Maximising throughput and yield while minimising costs and emissions.

Coal Preparation

Technical Market Support

Market acceptance and emphasising the advantages of Australian coals.

Technical Market Support

Mine Site Greenhouse Gas Mitigation

Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from the production of coal.

Recently Completed Projects

C28076Selective Absorption Of Methane By Ionic Liquids (SAMIL)

This third and final stage of this project was the culmination of a ...

C29069Low-Cost Catalyst Materials For Effective VAM Catalytic Oxidation

Application of ventilation air methane (VAM) thermal oxidiser requir...

C23052Novel Stone Dust Looping Process For Ventilation Air Methane Abatement

This multi‐phase project is concerned with the mitigation of m...

Mine Site Greenhouse Gas Mitigation

Low Emission Coal Use

Step-change technologies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Recently Completed Projects

C17060BGasification Of Australian Coals

Four Australian coals were trialled in the Siemens 5 MWth pilot scale ga...

C17060AOxyfuel Technology For Carbon Capture And Storage Critical Clean Coal Technology - Interim Support

The status of oxy-fuel technology for first-generation plant is indicate...

C18007Review Of Underground Coal Gasification

This report consists of a broad review of underground coal gasification,...

Low Emission Coal Use

Mining And The Community

The relationship between mines and the local community.

Recently Completed Projects

C16027Assessing Housing And Labour Market Impacts Of Mining Developments In Bowen Basin Communities

The focus of this ACARP-funded project has been to identify a number...

C22029Understanding And Managing Cumulative Impacts Of Coal Mining And Other Land Uses In Regions With Diversified Economies

The coal industry operates in the context of competing land-uses that sh...

C23016Approval And Planning Assessment Of Black Coal Mines In NSW And Qld: A Review Of Economic Assessment Techniques

This reports on issues surrounding economic assessment and analysis ...

Mining And The Community


National Energy Research,Development & Demonstration Council (NERDDC) reports - pre 1992.

Recently Completed Projects

1609-C1609Self Heating of Spoil Piles from Open Cut Coal Mines

Self Heating of Spoil Piles from Open Cut Coal Mines

1301-C1301Stress Control Methods for Optimised Development...

Stress Control Methods for Optimised Development and Extraction Operations

0033-C1356Commissioned Report: Australian Thermal Coals...

Commissioned Report: Australian Thermal Coals - An Industry Handbook