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Design and Implementation of an Automated Gamma Probe for Jet Boring Uranium Mining

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Kasmet T. Niyongabo

kasmet.niyongabo@uoit.ca

Scott B. Nokleby

scott.nokleby@uoit.ca

Corresponding author.

Manuscript received April 13, 2015; final manuscript received January 11, 2016; published online Month XX, XXXX. Assoc. Editor: Rosa Maria Montereali.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4032634 History: Received April 13, 2015; Revised January 11, 2016

Abstract

A proof-of-concept detector prototype capable of collecting and storing radiometric data in the Jet Boring System (JBS) during pilot hole drilling at the Cigar Lake uranium mine is presented. Cigar Lake is the world’s second highest known grade uranium mine and is located in northern Saskatchewan, Canada. Variant design is used to design, develop, test and implement the detector’s firmware, software and hardware. The battery powered detector is attached inside a JBS drill rod to collect radiometric data through the drilling cycle. A readout box is used to initiate the detector, recharge the battery and download radiometric data afterthe pilot hole drilling cycle is complete.Functional testing results are presented and comparative test results between the JBS gamma probe and the AlphaNUCLEAR Hi-Flux probe are evaluated. Field data collected from a pilot hole is plotted against the pilot hole’s driving layout and jetting recipe to show the accuracy of the readings collected.

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