Prediction of Inter-Strata Movements Above Longwall Faces

Styler, Neil
Organization: International Conference on Ground Control in Mining
Pages: 8
Publication Date: Jan 1, 1984
This paper presents an analysis of measurements of inter-burden de- formations above six longwall faces. An attempt is made to demonstrate some correlation between the movements at the various sites, and to examine their importance with respect to predicting caving height, disruption of overlying seams, and disruption of aquifers. This analysis demonstrates some significant differences between predicted surface subsidence, and inter-burden deformation. In addition it is shown that the caving height above a longwall face is equal to 8 to 12 times the extraction height, with a zone of fractured rock ex- tending to approximately 50 times the extraction height above the seam.
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