A roof cavability classification system and its use for estimation of main caving interval in longwall mining

Mohammadi, Sodjad and Ataei, Mohammad and Kakaie, Reza and Mirzaghorbanali, Ali and Faraji Rad, Zahra and Aziz, Naj (2020) A roof cavability classification system and its use for estimation of main caving interval in longwall mining. In: 2020 Coal Operators' Conference, 18-20 Feb, 2019, Wollongong, Australia.


Abstract

Proper strata caving in longwall mining guarantees the success of the operation while delayed or poor caving will lead to severe consequences. Therefore, the reliable prediction of strata and its caving potential is essential during the planning stage of a longwall project. This paper reports a novel classification system to evaluate the cavability level of the immediate roof strata in coal mines. A Fuzzy integrated multi-criteria decision-making method was used to incorporate nine inherent parameters that control the caving behaviour. After the determination of parameters’ weights and assigning corresponding ratings, the Cavability Index (CI) was defined as the summation of ratings for all the parameters to indicate the potential of caving qualitatively. The proposed classification system was applied to evaluate twelve panels throughout the world. In addition, the applicability of the classification system was investigated through the estimation of the main caving intervals. For this purpose, statistical relationships were developed in which the Cavability Index (CI) and hydraulic radius was independent variables. Model validation indicated that the linear model possesses an acceptable accuracy in the estimation of the main caving intervals for actual cases. These results showed reliable performance of the novel developed classification system from a practical point of view.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences - Centre for Future Materials (1 Jan 2017 -)
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2020 04:35
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2020 03:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: novel classification system; longwall mining; coal mines; roof strata; cavability
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090501 Civil Geotechnical Engineering
09 Engineering > 0914 Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy > 091402 Geomechanics and Resources Geotechnical Engineering
09 Engineering > 0914 Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy > 091405 Mining Engineering
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 85 Energy > 8502 Mining and Extraction of Energy Resources > 850201 Coal Mining and Extraction
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/39138

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