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Automation and Robotics Lab
Automation and Robotics Lab

Advanced mining technology provides a competitive edge for the Canadian mining industry. The Kostuik Mine-Mechanical and Mining Systems Laboratories provide both undergraduate and graduate students with exposure to state-of-the-art techniques and tools for the maintenance, design, mechanization, and automation of mining equipment and processes.

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Explosives Lab
Explosives Lab

Queen's is the only University in Canada which has a well equipped Explosives Test Facility which is located 50 km north of Kingston. The facility includes a bunker equipped with an ultra high speed streak and framing camera, digital oscilloscopes, a portable data acquisition system, VOD monitors, a Hycam high speed camera and two Locam relatively high speed cameras.

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Mineral Processing Lab
Mineral Processing Lab

The Mineral Processsing Laboratory includes: sample preparation room, physical and chemical mineral concentration, ferrous and non-ferrous metals and precious metals extraction, wet chemical and instrumental chemical analysis, and gold fire assay.

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Rock Mechanics Lab
Rock Mechanics Lab

In addition to the usual equipment for physical property testing (such as apparent bulk density, point load strength testing and Brazilian indirect tensile strength determination), the rock mechanics laboratory has two compression loading frames; direct shear testing equipment; laboratory sample preparation equipment; and microseismic monitoring systems

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Open Pit Mine Design, Ore Reserves and Grade Control Lab
Open Pit Mine Design, Ore Reserves and Grade Control Lab

There are three computer labs available to all students, with one main teaching lab and two workrooms. Each space has computers outfitted with all the programs students need to complete assigments from Microsoft Office to sophisticated design software such as Surpac, Whittle and Talpac. 

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Ventilation Lab
Ventilation Lab

The laboratory offers the ability to introduce principles and experimental techniques in occupational health and mine ventilation. Principles and techniques involved in dust concentration measurements are introduced and the concentration of mine gases is precisely determined with specialized instrumentation.

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Geo-Technical Instrumentation Lab

The instrumentation laboratory contains typical sensor technology (electrical, vibrating wire, optical, hydraulic, microseismic, etc.) utilized for the manufacturing of rock mechanics instrumentation. An extensive range of instruments available in the market are available for testing and calibration. 

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Underground Mine Design Lab
Underground Mine Design Lab

At the undergraduate level, a large computer lab provides access to industry standard software used in underground mine design.

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Microwave Extraction Lab

Research is primarily concerned with the application of new energy sources for the recovery and recycling of metals with the use of plasmas and microwaves in extractive metallurgy. Microwaves are a relatively new energy source with considerable potential and fundamental research is being performed on the interactions of microwaves with minerals in this laboratory.

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