Device for underwater development of mineral deposits

FIELD: mining.

SUBSTANCE: device for underwater development of mineral deposits involves transporting reservoir which is hinged to rope by means of rod, gas generator, flexible gas cavity with limit pressure valve, and rope with ballast and float. Transporting reservoir is made in the form of bucket grab with flexible links and connected through gas generator equipped with startup sensor and load-carrying rope to flexible cavity.

EFFECT: excavation of mineral deposits from water area bottom and their lifting to surface irrespective of visibility conditions, with minimum power consumption for loading.

2 cl, 2 dwg


The invention relates to the mining industry and is intended for lifting of minerals from the bottom of the waters.

Analog devices is complex for the extraction of minerals from the ocean floor, which includes a mining ship, United cable-rope and lifting rope with underwater mining unit, and designed for underwater mining of minerals [USSR Author's certificate No. 1714991 A1, E21C 50/50].

This device is difficult in execution due to the large quantity of metal per structure.

The closest in technical essence and the achieved result is a device for lifting minerals from the seabed, including mining vessel, submersible vehicle with manipulator associated with the vessel rope cable, submarine cable installed by the ring of the container with a gas generator, a flexible cavity for gas and the cargo section of the [USSR Author's certificate No. 1351265 A1, E21C 50/00 1996].

However, this device is difficult to design and costly to manufacture, in addition, has a high consumption of energy to work underwater vehicle with manipulator and the inability to work in conditions of poor visibility.

The main task of the invention consists in the extraction of minerals from the bottom of the water area and lift them on top of the spine, regardless of visibility conditions, with the lowest power consumption to boot.

This is achieved by the fact that the device for underwater mining of mineral deposits, including carrying capacity, pivotally connected to the rope through the bars, generator, flexible cavity for gas valve pressure limits, the cable with ballast and float carrying capacity made in the form of a grab bucket with flexible links and through the gas generator with the starting sensor, connected load-carrying rope with a flexible cavity.

Grab the bucket is made of mesh, with reinforced jaws.

The invention is illustrated in the drawings, where figure 1 and 2 shows the diagram of a device for underwater mining.

The device comprises a transporting container 1, made in the form of a grab bucket with flexible links and reinforced jaws 2, mounted on the cable 3 connected to the load 4 and the float 5 by the ring 6 and the rod 7. Rod 7 provided with hinges 8 and 9. The hinge 9 are secured to the section 10 being in rigid connection between the load-carrying rope 11 and the suspension 12. The device is equipped with a gas generator 13 with the starting sensor flexible cavity 14 located in section 10. Suspension 12 with flexible links 17, provided with arms 15, is connected with the load-carrying rope 11 which in its turn is connected with a flexible cavity 14. Transporting the container 1 is equipped with levers 15 with the stop 16, which limits the maximum opening angle of the jaws.

Does the proposed device is as follows. On the place of work put on the bottom of the load 4, which carries the cable 3 and the float 5. Last when installing the ballast on the bottom is immersed in water and separated below the partition level at the distance not less than the amplitude of surface water, supporting the cable 3 in constant tension. Then put the container in the form of a grab bucket 1, which by means of the ring 6 that is installed with the possibility of longitudinal movement of the cable 3, is equipped with a ball joint 8 which is mechanically connected with the rod 7 which is connected with a ball joint 9, moves on the rope 3. When fully lowered capacity in the form of a grab bucket 1 to the bottom of the sensor triggers the start of the gas generator 13, located in section 10, which in turn begins to fill flexible cavity 14 by the gas, thereby increasing in volume, there is the buoyancy force, under the action of which a flexible cavity 14 with the gas begins to rise up, thereby pulls the load-carrying rope 11, which entails the suspension 12 with flexible links 17. The levers 15 are beginning to close jaw capacity in the form of a grab bucket 1, thereby introducing reinforced jaw 2 in the breed and scooping samples 18. P the following full closure reinforced jaws 2 capacity in the form of a grab bucket 1 begins to rise to the surface through a flexible cavity 14, filled with gas, as shown in figure 2.

This invention can carry out the extraction of minerals from the bottom of the water area in poor visibility conditions and under different weather conditions, with the lowest power consumption at load, does not require additional devices, fully self-contained. To facilitate the construction and removal of liquid capacity made in mesh design with reinforced jaws for a better introduction to the breed.

1. Device for underwater mining of mineral deposits, including carrying capacity, pivotally connected to the rope through the bars, generator, flexible cavity for gas valve pressure limits, the cable with ballast and float, characterized in that the transporting capacity made in the form of a grab bucket with flexible links and through the gas generator with the starting sensor, connected load-carrying rope with a flexible cavity.

2. Device for underwater mining of mineral deposits according to claim 1, characterized in that the grab bucket is made of mesh with reinforced jaws.


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EFFECT: possibility of mining work performing at variable development depth.

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