Assessment of Roadway and Yielding-pillar Performance During Retreat Longwall Extraction at a United Kingdom Deep Mine

Sharpe, Leigh
Organization: International Conference on Ground Control in Mining
Pages: 10
Publication Date: Jan 1, 1998
Dunng the last 5 years a United Kingdom colliery has utilised a yielding-pillar configuration to extract a relatively thick coal seam at a depth of 640 m. As part of ongoing research into the siting of roadways adjacent to extracted longwall panels, seved field monitoring sites were established at differing locations to investigate roadway stability and yielding-pillar performance. Characteristic roadway deformation has been identified together with strata softening pathways which indicate the temporal increase in the height of softening into the roadway roof. In the assessment of such a complex problem numerical modelling, using FLAC, has been shown to contribute vital additional information, and provide further insights into the mechanisms controlling strata behaviour.
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