Singh, Rajendra and Mandal, Prabhat Kumar and Singh, Arun Kumar (2001) Cable-bolting-based semi-mechanised depillaring of a thick coal seam. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences , 38 (2). pp. 245-257. ISSN 1365-1609

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Based on simple rock mechanics principles, the idea of using a grouted steel rope under tension for supporting a high roof as well as an overlying coal band, and to improve the safe span of overhanging strata near the goaf edge for semi-mechanised depillaring of a thick coal seam standing on pillars was first applied at New Chirimiri Ponri Hill (NCPH) colliery of the Chirimiri area of the South Eastern Coal Field Limited (SECL), India. Taking advantage of the massiveness of the coal seam and pattern of stress redistribution around a depillaring face, field application of this technique made it possible to extract the full thickness (6.5 m) of the No. 3 seam of the colliery (developed along floor with 2.5m gallery height) in a single lift. The success of this field trial triggered a number of applications of the technique in many other collieries of India due to its technical superiority over the conventional method for underground extraction of thick and developed coal seams. Thus, this paper deals with the efficacy of cable bolting in semi- mechanised depillaring of a thick coal seam as observed at NCPH colliery.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Thick Seam Mining
Depositing User: Dr. Satyendra Kumar Singh
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2011 11:26
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2011 11:26

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