Multi-Attribute Technological Modeling of Coal Deposits Based on the Fuzzy TOPSIS and C-Mean Clustering Algorithms

Miloš Gligorić, Zoran Gligorić, Čedomir Beljić, Slavko Torbica, Svetlana Štrbac Savić, Jasmina Nedeljković Ostojić
2016 Energies  
The main aim of a coal deposit model is to provide an effective basis for mine production planning. The most applied approach is related to block modeling as a reasonable global representation of the coal deposit. By selection of adequate block size, deposits can be well represented. A block has a location in XYZ space and is characterized by adequate attributes obtained from drill holes data. From a technological point of view, i.e., a thermal power plant's requirements, heating value, sulfur
more » ... ting value, sulfur and ash content are the most important attributes of coal. Distribution of attributes' values within a coal deposit can vary significantly over space and within each block as well. To decrease the uncertainty of attributes' values within blocks the concept of fuzzy triangular numbers is applied. Production planning in such an environment is a very hard task, especially in the presence of requirements. Such requirements are considered as target values while the values of block attributes are the actual values. To make production planning easier we have developed a coal deposit model based on clustering the relative closeness of actual values to the target values. The relative closeness is obtained by the TOPSIS method while technological clusters are formed by fuzzy C-mean clustering. Coal deposits are thus represented by multi-attribute technological mining cuts.
doi:10.3390/en9121059 fatcat:dqbphe7oenebzmoo7eotsp7jte