Paul, Avinash and Prakash, Amar and Singh , Ajoy Kumar and Murthy, V M S R (2020) Estimation of rock load for junctions based on roof failure cases for safe mining operation. Arabian Journal of Geosciences volume, 13 (1069).

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Coal mine roadway junctions in bord and pillar mining, in particular, are more vulnerable to roof fall due to the excavation induced stresses as well as general stress loading pattern inherent to the typical cross section achieved in practice. Roof fall incidences are generally more in junctions of development galleries and a cause of concern as they provide access to faces in different directions (dip/rise). The CMRI-ISM rock mass classification system, popularly known as Rock Mass Rating (RMR), is being used for the design of support system in underground coal mines for the last 30 years in India. In spite of the well-defined guidelines, it has been observed that roof failures are still a major concern in many underground coal mines. In this research, an attempt has been made to develop a new rock load prediction model for junctions of bord and pillar workings based on the geoengineering investigations carried out in 63 coal mines. After analysis of failure and stable cases, a best suited rock load predictor equation was developed. Analysis indicated that the maximum roof failure cases occurred for RMR values in between 30 and 45, and this zone is considered as highly unstable zone. Assessment of stable and unstable class is also done with respect to rock load for varied RMR. A general support design has also been suggested as per the RMR and severity of the roof fall. The suggested approach can help designing a rational support system for underestimated and overestimated zones thus minimising the roof fall cases leading to improved safety and productivity in underground coal mines.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: RMR Rock mass classification Junctions Roof failure Support design Safety
Subjects: Geo-Mechanics and Mine Design
Depositing User: Mr. B. R. Panduranga
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2020 09:04
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2020 09:04

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