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Mining Contract: Generation of Geomechanical and Time-dependent Properties of Coal and Coal Measure Rocks

Contract #200-2011-40676
Start Date9/1/2011
Research Concept

Strata instability in a coal mine is a highly time-dependent phenomenon, but little effort has been made to collect quality data about the effect of time. This research seeks to further efforts to understand the time-dependent behavior of some coal measure rocks under certain loading conditions, evaluate post-failure behavior, and provide quality laboratory inputs for numerical modeling.

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Contract Status & Impact

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