Mining Contract: Design of Underground Mine Seals Under Explosive Events
The objective of this contract is to establish guidelines for mine seal design under static and dynamic loading conditions from gas and/or dust explosions within sealed areas. Research to establish these guidelines will focus on three main tasks:
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Project work focused on design of the reinforced concrete (RC) seal. Finite element modeling was used to simulate the RC seal subjected to dynamic loading. Abaqus/Explicit® (version 6.6) was selected to conduct this simulation because of its capability to simulate cracking and failure of RC structures. Three concrete material models representing a wide spectrum of concrete behavior in the tensile and compressive post-peak range were investigated. The post-peak behavior of concrete material in tension and compression proved to be the dominating factor in the response of RC seal subjected to explosion pressure.
A constitutive model for concrete developed by Barth and Wu was used to simulate the RC seal under an instantaneous explosion of 120 psi. This model was chosen because it has been verified and has a complete input dataset for use with Abaqus® models. The effect of the following parameters on the stability of the RC seal subjected to explosion loading was studied:
- vertical rebar size,
- vertical rebar spacing,
- horizontal rebar spacing, and
- seal thickness and height.
This parametric study was used to optimize important parameters for seal design. Rebar size, rebar spacing, and seal thickness have varying degrees of influence on seal stability. Seal thickness is most important followed by rebar spacing. Rebar size has limited influence because the axial force developed in the rebar is well below the rebar yield limit.
Research under this project has resulted in the following publications:
- Effect of Roof Convergence on Stability of Underground Mine Seal Subjected to Explosion loading - Numerical Approach
R. Kallu, S.S. Peng, D. Turner, K. Morsy, Proceedings of the 26th ICGCM, Morgantown, WV, August 2006, 370-378.
- Numerical Simulation of Reinforced Concrete Mine Seal Subjected to Explosion Loading
K. Morsy, A. Yassien, R. Kallu, and S. S. Peng, Proceedings of the 27th ICGCM, Morgantown, WV, July 2008, 180-188.
- Design of Mine Seals to Meet New MSHA Standards - progress report
S.S. Peng, K. Morsy, A. Yassien, and R. Kallu. Presentation at the MINExpo 2008, Las Vegas, NV, September 23, 2008.
- Cementitious Seal/Rock Interface Under Hydrostatic and Dynamic Loadings
Khaled M. Mohamed, Asmaa Yassien, R. Reddy Kallu, and Syd S. Peng. Proceedings of the 28th ICGCM, Morgantown, WV, July 2009.
- Design of Reinforced Concrete Seals for Underground Coal Mines
R. Reddy Kallu, Ph.D. Dissertation submitted to West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 2009.
- Analysis and Design of Reinforced Concrete and Cementitious Seals
Syd S. Peng, Asmaa Yassien, Khaled M. Mohamed and R. Reddy Kallu. Final Report submitted to NIOSH on Contract Number 200-2007-22541, November 2009.
- Detonation Wave Propagation in Underground Mine Entries
- Effects of Far-Field Shearing Deformation on Fracturing Around an Underground Opening
- Evaluation of Explosion-Resistant Seals, Stoppings, and Overcast for Ventilation Control in Underground Coal Mining
- Explosion Pressure Design Criteria for New Seals in U.S. Coal Mines
- Modeling Natural Gas Explosions for Coal Mine Safety
- Progress Toward Improved Engineering of Seals and Sealed Areas of Coal Mines
- Relationship Between Radiated Seismic Energy and Explosive Pressure for Controlled Methane and Coal Dust Explosions in an Underground Mine
- SPONCOM - A Computer Program for the Prediction of the Spontaneous Combustion Potential of an Underground Coal Mine
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- Technology News 545 - NIOSH Updates Spontaneous Combustion Assessment Software
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- Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Mining Program