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A Parametric Study for the Effect of Dip on Stone Mine Pillar Stability Using a Simplified Model Geometry

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In this study, a parametric study was conducted using FLAC3D numerical models to examine the impact of oblique loading, generated from seam dip, on the strength and the failure propagation pattern of a stone pillar using two simplified geometry types. In type 1, the sidewalls of the pillars were assumed to be perpendicular to the roof and the floor, while in type 2, the sidewalls of pillars were assumed to be vertical. The complex pillar geometry in dipping mines was frequently modeled using these two geometries. To capture a complete picture of the effect of seam dip on pillar stability, the modeled width-to-height (W/H) ratio of the pillars, in situ stress field, and pillars roof/floor interfaces were systematically varied to account for the potential distribution of values for these parameters across the underground stone mines in USA. Results from the numerical modeling indicate that dipping pillars have reduced strength compared with horizontal pillars. Also, an asymmetric failure propagation pattern could be obtained depending on an interaction between the W/H ratio, seam dip, in situ stresses, and pillar geometry.

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Rashed, G., Slaker, B., Sears, M.M. et al. A Parametric Study for the Effect of Dip on Stone Mine Pillar Stability Using a Simplified Model Geometry. Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration 38, 967–977 (2021).

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  • Ground control
  • Limestone
  • Dipping pillar
  • Pillar stability
  • Width-to-height ratio