Comparison Of Multiple And Single Entry Roadways For Highly Stressed Longwalls

Opolony, Klaus
Organization: International Conference on Ground Control in Mining
Pages: 4
Publication Date: Jan 1, 2003
The world's most popular method of longwall mining requires multiple entry systems for the panels. In contrast to this mine layout the roadways in German coal mining are used for advanced mining from the rock mechanic point of view or are even re-used by a second panel. This procedure of roadway use is presented within this paper using a 3D visualisation software tool. In the previous conferences in Morgantown several papas had addressed the basics of rock mechanic background, planning tools and variants. This paper gives a practical case study for reuse of a roadway in a German coal mine. The heading and the use of various alternatives are compared under the aspect of efficiency and costs. Within the comparison the specific requirements and benchmarks of German coal mines are taken into consideration. The costs for a multiple entry system and first of all the development rates that can be achieved with common road heading systems are compared with international layout alternatives. A prospect includes a discussion of pro and con for various development methods. Devices are given due to this prospect if and how multiple entry systems are applicable to German coal mines. The paper gives an initial point for international comparison and is a base for further discussion.
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