Case Study of Conditions Observed During the Removal of a Highly Fractured Roof Beam in Bedded Halite

Terrill, Liane J.
Organization: International Conference on Ground Control in Mining
Pages: 8
Publication Date: Jan 1, 1997
A 9O) ft (275 meter) section of a highly fractured beam of halite was mined from the roof of a supported thirteen year old drift at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). The operation was conducted with a continuous miner and allowed the unique opportunity to collect spatial information on roof beam geology and to observe ground support conditions during the mining advance. Photographs and fracture maps of the mining face document the progress of the operation and the deteriorated condition of the strata. This case study details the drift's excavation and support sequences. the geomechanical response, and the conditions found in the exposed roof beam.
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