Review of British and German Coal Mining Technology
An industry/government team sponsored by the Dept. of the Interior completed a study tour of the underground coal mining industries in Great Britain and Germany to review new and emerging coal mining technology. Differences in tradition, mining conditions, and industry capabilities, many of which have the potential for application in U. S. mining are described. The British are developing a pump-packing system in which bentonite, water, stone, and a special cement are pipelined to the pack area to form a low strength compressible pack wall. The German industry is using anhydrite or blotzdammer to form a high strength pack wall. Both countries are using full-face tunnel-boring machines. The German industry has had considerable success with shield-type longwall supports.
W. B. Schmidt et al., "Review of British and German Coal Mining Technology," AIME Transactions, American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME), Jan 1976.
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