Salt Pillar Design Equation

Van Sambeek, Leo L.
Organization: International Conference on Ground Control in Mining
Pages: 9
Publication Date: Jan 1, 1997
Specification of properly sized pillars to support the overburden is one of the most challenging aspects of salt mine design. Interest in salt pillar design is heightened by the recent flooding of the Retsof salt mine, water inflows to the K2 potash mine, and closing of the Belle Isle salt mine because of ground control problems. A series of numerical modeling analyses show that a simple pillar design equation for salt pillars adequately reproduces results of extensive modeling efforts. The paper describes (1) the basis for the pillar design equation, (2) equation verification by comparison with numerical modeling results, and (3) equation validation by comparison with measurements and observations of salt pillar behavior.
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