Outbursts And Rockbursts In Coal Mines

Farmer, Ian W.
Organization: International Conference on Ground Control in Mining
Pages: 6
Publication Date: Jan 1, 1988
A description of the factors causing outbursts and rockbursts in coal mines is given. The mechanics of both outbursts and rockbursts can be described in terms of conversion of stored strain energy in the coal and surrounding rocks into kinetic energy through failure. The major difference between the two phenomena is that gases adsorbed onto the coal structure and desorbed during deformation contribute to the energy available during outbursts and may also affect the loading and unloading characteristics associated with failure. The amount of energy involved and the type of phenomenon are related principally to gas content depth and rock behavior.
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