A study has been carried out at Michelin’s test centre in Spain, in order to assess the impact of Dust-A-Side’s haul road treatment on the fuel consumption of rigid dump trucks.
The Centro de Experiencias Michelin Almería (CEMA), can be used all year-round for tests in extreme conditions on all types of vehicles, from cars to earthmovers, trucks, ATVs, motorcycles, and more.
The Dust-A-Side product and treatment method was evaluated to assess the impact they have on the fuel consumption of rigid dump trucks operating on open surface mines.
The test conditions were set to a reduced scale automated truck, at constant speed, with a pulling effort simulating a constant slope of 10% and on stabilised operating conditions.
When comparing a stone-covered reference track and a Dust-A-Side treated track, a reduction in fuel consumption of 7.5% could be measured.
Uncertainties linked to the extrapolation to real-life operations, with different trucks and variable speeds and slopes, led Michelin to a reasonable conclusion that the overall reduction in hourly fuel consumption is 3% in average.
*All photographs were taken at The Centro de Experiencias Michelin Almería (CEMA) in Spain
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