New Design Criteria for Roof Bolt Systems

Stankus, John C.
Organization: International Conference on Ground Control in Mining
Pages: 9
Publication Date: Jan 1, 1997
From research started six years ago, a new design criteria has been developed for mine roof bolt systems This design criteria precisely and quantitatively determines parameters such as bolt length, installed tension, and spacing that will produce the Optimum Beaming Effect (OBE) OBE, a new roof control term, is defined as the roof beam that has no separation above and within the bolted range with the shortest bolt passible Utilization of this design criteria has shown that in many cases shorter roof bolts with higher installed tension can produce a much stronger beaming effect (Stankus, 1995) This paper will first present a brief deception of how the design criteria was formulated From there, actual case studies where the design criteria was utilized will be discussed In conclusion, current and future research efforts will be presented
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