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Mistakes, misconceptions, and key points regarding secondary roof support systems.
Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Ground Control in Mining, August 7-9, 2001, Morgantown, West Virginia. Peng SS, Mark C, Khair AW, eds. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University, 2001 Aug; :347-356
Roof support systems are necessary to provide stable mine openings and much research has been conducted to design a variety of roof support systems that will function in various manners to ensure that stable ground conditions are achieved. Despite these advancements in technology, mistakes continue to be made in the evaluation and/or installation that significantly degrade the support capability or lead to erroneous determinations of support expectations. The purpose of this paper is to discuss misconceptions about how roof supports perform and factors that impact their performance. The goal is to present practical information that will assist mine operators and engineers in selecting, installing, and evaluating roof support systems properly, and help them to avoid mistakes that can lead to erroneous expectations and potentially catastrophic results that may lead to roof falls. The paper is limited to a discussion of secondary roof support systems and powered roof supports such as longwall shields.
Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Room-and-pillar-mining; Ground-control; Ground-stability; Geology; Coal-mining
NIOSH, Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Peng SS; Mark C; Khair AW
Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Ground Control in Mining, August 7-9, 2001, Morgantown, West Virginia
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