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Type: Journal article
Title: A modified coal mine roof rating classification system to design support requirements in coal mines
Author: Taheri, A.
Lee, Y.
Guardado Medina, M.
Citation: Journal -- Institution of Engineers India Series d, 2017; 98(2):157-166
Publisher: Springer
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 2250-2122
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Abbas Taheri, Yongha Lee, Mario Andres Guardado Medina
Abstract: The coal mine roof rating (CMRR) classification system has been applied in a number of coal mines worldwide including Australia. However, the current system cannot be used directly to design support measures in underground mines. Two case studies, the Eliza Hill project in Australia and Tabas coal mine in Iran were analyzed to assess the impact of various rock properties and gallery geometry on stability and to modify the CMRR classification system. Having considered the CMRR system as a working classification system, applicable information and related coal mine data were selected from the two case records. The CMRR value was evaluated and analysed by undertaking correlation between CMRR and factor of safety, followed by a parametric study based on various rock properties and gallery geometries. To improve the applicability of the current system, the CMRR system was then modified by adding additional parameters, namely, the width of roof span and the density of overburden rock. Consequently, based on the modified CMRR system (mCMRR) roof support requirements were recommended to select the suitable rock bolting system including length and spacing of rock bolt. Numerical modelling were then undertaken to verify the support requirements recommended. The support requirements recommended by the mCMRR were found to be relatively identical with numerical analysis results. Support systems proposed by mCMRR can assist mining engineers to assess the stability of underground coal mines or verify the results of other design tools.
Keywords: Coal mine roof rating; Rock mass classification; RMR; Underground coal mine; Support system
Rights: © The Institution of Engineers (India) 2017
DOI: 10.1007/s40033-016-0131-y
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