Mining Publication: Computer Modeling of Catch Benches to Mitigate Rockfall Hazards in Open Pit Mines

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Original creation date: July 2000

Authors: SM Miller, JM Girard, EL McHugh

Conference Paper - July 2000

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20021015

Pacific rocks 2000: Rock Around the Rim: Proceedings of the Fourth North American Rock Mechanics Symposium (NARMS 2000), ed. By J Girard, M. Leibman, C. Breeds, and T. Doe (Seattle WA, July 31-August 3, 2000). Balkema, :539-545

A computer analysis of bench stability has been developed to account for multiple occurrences of potential slope-failure modes in discontinuous rock masses. Bench-scale plane shears and tetrahedral wedges are simulated and stochastically analyzed to estimate the probability of retaining specified catch-bench widths. This geotechnical information is useful in designing bench configurations to improve pit-slope stability and help alleviate rockfall hazards.

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Conference Paper - July 2000

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20021015

Pacific rocks 2000: Rock Around the Rim: Proceedings of the Fourth North American Rock Mechanics Symposium (NARMS 2000), ed. By J Girard, M. Leibman, C. Breeds, and T. Doe (Seattle WA, July 31-August 3, 2000). Balkema, :539-545


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