In March 2015 Deilmann-Haniel Mining Systems GmbH (dhms) delivered a multi-purpose crawler named dh L2000d for backfilling operations to the German Company for the Construction and Operation of Repositories for Waste (Deutsche Gesellschaft zum Bau und Betrieb von Endlagern für Abfallstoffe mbH – DBE). This innovative crawler dozer with a weight of 28 t is used at the former iron ore mine Konrad located near Salzgitter in Lower Saxony, which is currently being prepared to become a repository for low and intermediate level nuclear waste with negligible heat generation.
The backfilling of underground roadways has to be done with close roof contact with a backfilling rate ≥ 95 %. Roadway inclination in backfilling areas added to the inclination of the muck pile is up to ± 25° (47 %). Based on the largest class of dhms side-dump loaders a low-profile multi-purpose crawler with a swiveling telescopic boom was developed especially for this task. It features a quick coupling device for change between dozer blade and side-dump bucket. The crawler tracks are equipped with 500 mm wide special base plates in order to achieve the necessary traction forces.
Plunger cylinders at the dozer blade ensure an adjustment of 20° to both sides and allow backfilling along the roadway axis with a swiveled boom (also 20° to both sides). So the roadway sides can easily be backfilled also when the crawler is moving along the roadway axis.
For mobile use the dh L2000d is equipped with a diesel hydraulic drive. The 4-cylinder in-line engine made by Perkins is equipped with turbocharger and charge air cooling. It has a total power of 129.4 kW at a speed of 2,200 rpm and meets the newest emissions guidelines Euro 4 (Europe) and EPA Tier 4 Final (US). The engine provides a maximum torque of 750 Nm at a speed of 1,400 rpm.
Operation of the crawler is achieved by joysticks and an electric pilot operated hydraulic system. The driver’s compartment (FOPS/ROPS) includes a LCD display showing all operating states and picture of rear camera. A central lubrication system facilitates maintenance operations. Fire prevention is ensured by an integrated fire extinguish system. The modular design of the multi-purpose crawler with mining appropriate transport dimensions enables a quick transport and a short installation time.
Further informations: Deilmann-Haniel Mining Systems GmbH