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Effects of remote drop and pumpdown placement on cellular concrete.
Boreck DL; Miller RE
Denver, CO: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 9539, 1995 Jan; :1-35
The hazards to the public posed by abandoned mine shafts are well documented. As private development encroaches on previously mined areas, the potential of fatalities and serious injuries from abandoned mine shafts increases. The U.S. Bureau of Mines (USBM) has conducted research into cellular concrete as a material for sealing these openings. The current work involves testing the chracteristics of cellular concrete before and after it had been pumped or dropped from different heights into a simulated shaft. Cellular concrete was pumped vertically up to and subsequently dropped from heights of 18 m and 37 m into concrete forms. Wet density measurements were made at multiple sampling points in the test circuit. Air content determinations and uniaxial compressive strength testing was conducted. Research results showed significant loss in air content and changes in the characteristics of cellular concrete during pumping or dropping from various heights. Recommendations on effective use of cellular concrete for sealing abandoned mine shafts are made.
Curing; Mechanical-properties; Mining-engineering; Sampling; Mines-excavations; Compressive-strength; Scanning-electron-microscopy; Density; Mine-shafts; Concretes; Abandoned-shafts; Cellular-concrete; Abandoned-mines
Report of Investigations
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Denver, CO: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 9539
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