Operational Experience With FLEXIBOLT Systems In Australian Coal Mines

Fuller, P. G.
Organization: International Conference on Ground Control in Mining
Pages: 14
Publication Date: Jan 1, 1994
Since the initial development and trials of FLEXIBOLT flexible roof bolts, further comparative testing and product development has been completed as part of the changeover to this roof support system at two Australian longwall operations, Ellalong and Angus Place Collieries. Details of the practical implementation of FLEXIBOLTS at both collieries are outlined together with their impact on roadway development rate productivity. At Ellalong where fully encapsulated 2.1 m long bolts are used, the reduction in bolt density is discussed with respect to both support system design and work force acceptance. The impact of shear deformation on bolt loading is described. Bolts longer than the working height have been required at Angus Place to achieve a suitable bolt anchorage horizon. Details of the long hole drilling and the benefits of a two stage grouting procedure are outlined. Improvements in roof conditions which have resulted from the inclusion of FLEXIBOLTS into the overall roof support strategy at Angus Place are described. Their importance to the viability of the Angus Place operation is also highlighted.
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