Hot Vulcanised lagging application involves the chemical cross-linking of five reactive layers during the autoclave curing process. To achieve the desired 100% rubber tear adhesion all five layers must crosslink at the same time. Occasionally conditions can be created in the autoclave that prevent this happening, and result in non-uniform adhesion around the pulley circumference. This bulletin explains how these conditions occur and what needs to be done to eliminate this problem.
Spare pulleys are held so that in the event that an operational pulley requires replacement this can be done quickly and efficiently at the timing dictated by the mine maintenance personnel. The reason for changing a pulley broadly falls into two categories:
The Curragh Coal Mine is an open cut coal mine located near Blackwater in Central Queensland, Australia. The mine supplies high quality, low ash coking coal and has reserves of approximately 90 million tonnes which is amongst the largest in the world. Coal from Curragh is shipped via the Blackwater rail system to the Port of Gladstone for export. Curragh Coal mine is owned by the Coronado Coal Group a US based company.