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Hybrid Discrete Element Code for Simulation of Mining-induced Strata Movements.

O'Connor KM; Dowding CH
Dem 1st U S Conf on Discrete Element Methods Csm Press :10 pages
To simulate the kinematics associated with mining-induced subsidence in a blocky rock mass, the U.S. Bureau of Mines developed a hybrid rigid block model by combining a small displacement code with a large displacement code. Gravity was applied to a rigid block mesh using an implicit formulation, and the equilibrium displacements were then used as initial conditions for an explicit analysis in which excavation of a longwall mine panel and subsequent subsidence were simulated. A parameter study was performed to evaluate the influence of rigid block contact stiffness, vertical joint density, and contact roughness on mining-induced strata movements for comparison with previously obtained field measurements. The best agreement between measured and calculated displacements was obtained when a relatively low stiffness value was maintained constant for all contacts. A surprising result was that neither increasing the density of vertical joints nor reducing the rigid block contact roughness improved the agreement between measured and simulated displacements.
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Dem 1st U.S. Conf. on Discrete Element Methods, Csm Press
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