Prospective Use of New Sweeper Design to Mine Minerals from Seabed and Ocean Floor

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.30686/1609-9192-2019-6-148-123-127
A.S. Kashirsky1, M.G. Rakhutin2, Yu.V. Kirichenko2, E.A Kuzin3
1 RF Ministry of Industry and Trade, Moscow, The Russian Federation
2 Mining Institute of National University of Science and Technology MISIS, Moscow, The Russian Federation
3 Committee for State Construction Supervision of the City of Moscow, Moscow, The Russian Federation
Russian Mining Industry №6 / 2019 pp.123-127

Читать на русскоя языкеAbstract: The most promising type of solid minerals to be mined from the seabed and ocean floor are ferro-manganese nodules (FMN) which sizes can vary from a few millimetres to tens of centimetres. The most intensively studied FMN are deposited within the Clarion-Clipperton ore province in the Pacific Ocean and contain such minerals as iron, manganese, nickel, copper and others. Besides natural conditions, the development of deep-sea deposits is hampered by the lack of suitable equipment and efficient technologies for largescale sampling that would help to assess the reserves, nodule abundance and ultimately the commercial viability of mining. A cassette-type sweeper with self-surfacing con-tainers has been developed to eliminate this bottleneck. It is designed for bulk sampling in order to define technological types and grades of ores available at the deposit and to determine technological and economic viability of FMN mining. The paper provides a design description of the cassette-type sweeper and principles of its operation as well as the results of it comparison with existing techniques and means to evaluate subsea deposits.

Keywords: mineral resources, World ocean, ferro-manganese nodules (FMN), geological prospecting operations, geological prospecting equipment and options, sampling, cassette-type sweeper, parameters, design, pass width, load-lifting meshed container

For citation: Kashirsky A.S., Rakhutin M.G., Kirichenko Yu.V., Kuzin E.A Prospective Use of New SweeperDe-sign to Mine Minerals from Seabed and Ocean Floor Gornaya promyshlennost = Russian Mining Industry. 2019;(6):123–127. (In Russ.) DOI 10.30686/1609-9192-2019-6-148-123-127.


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Received: 15.10.2019
Revised: 25.11.2019
Accepted: 05.12.2019


Information about the authors

Alexey S. Kashirskiy – Expert, RF Ministry of Industry and Trade, Moscow, The Russian Federation.
Maxim G. Rakhutin – Doctor of Engineering, Professor, Head of the Department of Mining Machines at the Mining Institute of the MISiS National Research Technological University, Moscow, The Russian Federation, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Yuriy V. Kirichenko – Doctor of Engineering, Professor, Department of Geology and Mine Surveying at the Mining Institute of the MISiS National Research Technological University, Moscow, The Russian Federation.
Yevgeniy A. Kuzin – Head of Department for Monitoыring and Supervision of Underground Railway Facilities, Committee for State Construction Supervision of the City of Moscow, Moscow, The Russian Federation, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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