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Mining Contract: Weak Rock Mass in Nevada Gold Mines: Behavior, Support Design, and Performance

Contract #200-2011-39965
Start Date8/1/2011
Research Concept

Better insight is needed into the behavior of weak rock mass and support performance to achieve better support system design in weak rock conditions. This research will address ground control design issues in weak rock masses, evaluate weak rock mass support systems, and develop targeted support design guidelines and methodology.

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Contract Status & Impact

This capacity-building contract is ongoing.

The purpose of capacity-building contracts is to help build the capacity of our nation’s workforce to address critical safety and health problems in U.S. mines by producing graduates with advanced degrees in mining and minerals engineering, and to help develop tenure-track faculty performing research in these areas. Applications for these competitive grants are announced as part of NIOSH OMSHR’s Broad Agency Announcements and are submitted by a Principal Investigator at a U.S. institution offering an ABET-accredited undergraduate degree in mining or minerals engineering.

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