The Belaz75710 – the world’s biggest mining truck

Photo Source: BBC News
Photo Source: BBC News

Belaz, a state-owned company from Belarus has created the largest dumptruck in the world. The Belaz 75710 is more than twenty metres long - the length of two double decker buses parked tail to tail – is almost ten metres wide and is eight metres high.

 

Weighing 360 tonnes when empty, the $6m truck has the capability to transport around 450 tonnes of cargo - almost the same as a fully loaded Airbus A380 airplane. To help it carry more than its predecessors, the monster truck runs on eight wheels instead of the usual six, and each tyre can support a load of up to 102 tonnes.

 

The vehicle has two cylinder diesel engines which drive generators which produce electricity to power four electric motors. To put this into context, four or six cylinder engines would power your average family car.

 

The truck uses four Siemens electric traction motors each with an output of 1,200 kilowatts, making it as powerful as six Formula 1 cars combined. This is extremely important for a vehicle which is constantly stopping, starting and pulling heavy loads uphill at a gradient of 18% gradient. To allow drivers to manoeuvre easily, both axles in the truck steer.

 

Fuel consumption is estimated at 1,300 litres per 100km, however, the truck can be run on one engine when not loaded to save on fuel.

 

UK-based senior mining engineer at Golder Associates, Bryan Pullman, said of the Belaz 75710: “It’s a great piece of engineering and if it can operate efficiently it’s impressive. Using two engines combines makes it a bit of a complex mechanical system, so I wonder about operating efficiency and fuel consumption. But even if it only knocks a few pence off per tonne, it could have a big impact on production costs in some of the world’s large coal, iron ore and copper mines.”

 

Two more Belaz 75710s are currently under construction.

 

Sources:

 

gas2.org

 

www.bbc.com

 

http://www.belaztrucks.com/belaz-unveils-worlds-largest-mining-truck/

 

Please rate

Comments 

Name
Email
  Ctrl + Enter

Most Read

CONTRACTOR NAMED FOR £56M RAILWAY STATION PROJECT

CONTRACTOR NAMED FOR £56M RAILWAY STATION PROJECT

A contractor has been named to transform a major railway station in Birmingham. West Midlands Combined Authority has appointed VolkerFitzpatrick to undertake the detailed design and build of the new £56m University Station. University Station in Vincent Drive, Edgbaston, has been earmarked

DfT committs £60m funding for A361 North Devon Link Road

DfT committs £60m funding for A361 North Devon Link Road

The Department for Transport (DfT) has committed £60m in funding for the A361 North Devon Link Road widening project in the South West. Works include widening of three sections of the Link Road, covering 7.5km, to create three traffic lanes, two in one direction and one in the other

Government commits to funding Crossrail completion

Government commits to funding Crossrail completion

The project has been beset by a series of delays and cost overruns, raising concerns over its delivery. The decision to finance the completion of the project was confirmed in the government’s National Infrastructure Strategy, which insists levelling up the rest of the UK should not mean

This website uses cookies to enhance your user experience. By continuing to use this site, you consent to our use of these cookies. See our Cookie Policy.