Numerical Modeling Procedures for Practical Coal Mine Design


A method is presented for creating realistic numerical models for practical coal mine ground control. The method includes procedures to collect the necessary mechanical input parameters from a geologic core log, procedures to set up a model and procedures to interpret calculation results. The input parameters come from a detailed geologic core log and extensive point load tests of estimate rock layer strength. A suite of material property input parameters is proposed which allow the user to go from core log to numerical model inputs. Rock bolt anchorage properties are also linked to the material properties of each geologic layer in the model. Following this procedure leads to very realistic calculations of the rock failure process and rock support system behavior. These calculations in turn enable realistic comparison of the effectiveness of alternative rock support systems. © 2006, ARMA, American Rock Mechanics Association.

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41st U.S. Rock Mechanics Symposium - ARMA's Golden Rocks 2006 - 50 Years of Rock Mechanics


Mining Engineering


American Rock Mechanics Association

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Article - Conference proceedings

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© 2006 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), All rights reserved.

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01 Jan 2006

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