Singh, K.K.K. (2016) Delineation of coal barrier thickness in underground coal mines to mitigate inundation hazards - case studies. Journal of Mines, Metals & Fuels, 64 (9). pp. 455-460. ISSN 0022-2755

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Disaster due to inundation is one of the major threats of coal mines. Sudden heavy inrush of high volume of water from the unapproachable and unknown waterlogged workings in underground mines is defined as inundation. There have been several instances of inrush of water due to old galleries getting connected by new development headings, resulting in disasters involving heavy fatalities and loss of machines. This type of disaster has occurred in many coal producing countries and may occur in future until a suitable tool to investigate barriers thickness is in regular use. Directorate General of Mines Safety (DGMS) has stipulated that a safety barrier thickness of not less than 60 m must be maintained between abandoned workings and contemporary mine developments. It has been estimated that a large number of underground coal mines in India are under threat of adjacent unknown waterlogged mine workings. Therefore, evaluation f barrier thickness up to 60 m is essential to prevent mine disasters due to inundations. Considering the above facts, a new GPR system named MineVue radar is developed having depth of penetration of 60 m subject to geo-mining conditions of Indian coal mines first time in the world. Final trial of the developed MineVue radar system was done at the Kachhi Balihari colliery of Bharat Cocking Coal Limited (BCCL), Dhanbad. The validation of GPR data in the known mine sites were done with accurate existing mine-plans to establish the reliability and confidence of mine operators, policy makers and safety personnel.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Inundation, MineVue, GPR, barrier, old workings.
Subjects: Mine Subsidence
Depositing User: Mr. B. R. Panduranga
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2017 06:57
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2017 06:57

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