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Field measurements and corresponding finite element analysis of closure during shaft sinking at the Lucky Friday Mine.
NTIS: PB 262 738, 1976; :1-19
The Bureau of Mines conducted research in an attempt to provide a more sound basis for recommending improved artificial support during deepening of the main shaft of the Lucky Friday Mine in the Coeur d'Alene Mining District of northern Idaho. Field measurements of closure across the short axis of the 13- by 26-foot shaft were as high as 16 inches. Elastic/plastic finite-element (f/e) analyses were made, reducing the values of large-scale in situ rock mass properties until field closure measurements generally corresponded to displacements in the f/e analyses. Resulting plots of rock mass displacements, stresses, and areas of plastic failure display the results of creating openings (shaft, in this case) in deep mines in difficult ground conditions requiring artificial support.
Mining; Mining industry; Mine safety; Mine shafts; Safety research; Engineering; Structural analysis; Structural engineering; Mathematical models; Geotechnical engineering; Ground control; Ground stability; Rock mechanics
IH; Report of Investigations
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS: PB 262 738
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