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|Two of the major ground control safety issues confronting underground mine operations today are shaft pillar stability and the failure of rock around active mine openings. Failure of a mine shaft can lead to the entrapment of workers. Failure of rock around active underground mine openings can lead to roof falls, which in turn can result in worker injuries and fatalities. Finite-element analysis has proven to he a reliable method for predicting stresses and displacements around underground mine openings. However, this is a complex and time consuming technique and is not used as often as it could be in mine planning. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate one technique developed at the Spokane Research Center that allows the user to create a finite-element model of a two-dimensional section of an underground mine in a relatively straightforward manner. This model is then used to calculate stresses, displacements, and safety factors around mine openings. With this information, mine planners can evaluate the stability of mine openings as well as the stability of pillars and mine shafts. This analysis will help develop mining sequences and layouts that minimize stresses in that section of the mine. This, in turn, should minimize the occurrence of shaft failure, roof falls, and other hazards associated with underground mining.|
Additional chapters/articles from the SME-ICGCM book 16th International Conference on Ground Control in Mining (ICGCM)
|Longwall Mining-Through the Backfilled In-Panel Entries at C||Performance of Various Standing and Cribless Tailgate Suppor||Measurement of Effects of Interaction and Influence on Mine||Effects of Longwall Mining on Streamflow in the Pittsburgh S||Longwall Surface Subsidence Prediction Through Numerical Mod||Long-term Subsidence Over Longwall Chain Pillar Systems and||Subsidence Prediction Influence Assessment and Damage Contro||Formation of Face Headings Using Stress Relief at Asfordby M||Significant Weighting Events on the Longwalls in the Phalen||Full-face Pressure Monitoring in Medium-Weak Roof Condition||Research on the Interaction Between Roof Strata and Shield S||Roof Instability of Longwall Face at Ikeshima Colliery||Gob Canopy Roof Support for Difficult Natural Conditions||Yielding Cement Roof Supports for Longwall Mining||Management of the Dynamic Phenomena of Rock Pressure in Unde||Continuing Development of Innovative Cable Support Systems||Extending the Limits of Strata Bolting by the Use of Flexibl||Implementation and Evaluation of Roof Bolting in MICARE Mine||New Methods and Technologies of Roofbolting in Australia Coa||New Design Criteria for Roof Bolt Systems||Control Mechanism of a Tensioned Bolt System in the Laminate||A Study of the Performance of Glass Fibre Rock Reinforcement||A Method for the Selection of Rock Support Based on Bolt Loa||Strategies for the Application of Rockbolting Technology to||A Troubleshooting Guide for Roof Support Systems||A Statistical Overview of Retreat Mining of Coal Pillars in||Full-Scale Performance Evaluation of Mobile Roof Supports||Effect of the Interchamber Pi Yield on the Surface Strains i||Salt Pillar Design Equation||Case Study of Conditions Observed During the Removal of a Hi||Case Study of the Effect of Stratigraphic Location on Roof S||Ground Control and the Inundation of the Retsof Mine||Weatherability Test of Rocks for Underground Mines||Shear Strength Characteristics of Soft Rock Joints Based on||Comparison of Pillar Strengths Calculated Using Empirical Eq||Effects of In-seam and Near-seam Conditions and Asymmetric P||Ground Control Worker Safety During Extended Cut Mining||Analysis of Extensometer Data from a Room Widening Experimen||Airbag Support for Ground Control in Thin Seam Coal Mining||Development of a Statistical-Analytical Approach for Assessi||Ground Control Criteria for Coal Reserve Optimization in Mul||Calcium Aluminate Kiders in Hard Rock and Coal Mining||Simplified Pre-and Post-Processing Technique for Performing|