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Rem: Revista Escola de Minas

versión impresa ISSN 0370-4467versión On-line ISSN 1807-0353


ZINGANO, André Cezar; KOPPE, Jair Carlos  y  COSTA, João Felipe C.L.. Barrier pillar between production panels in coal mine. Rem: Rev. Esc. Minas [online]. 2007, vol.60, n.2, pp.219-226. ISSN 0370-4467.

The function of the barrier pillar is to protect the mining panel in activity from the abutment load of adjacent mining panels that were mined. In the case of underground mines in Santa Catarina State, the barrier pillar has functioned to protect the main entries of the mine against pillar failure from old mining panels. The objective of this paper is to verify the application of the empirical method to design barrier pillars as proposed by Peng (1986), using numerical simulation following the mining geometry of the coal mines in Santa Catarina State. Two-dimensional numerical models were built taking into account the geometry of the main entries and mining panels for different overburden thickness, and considering the geomechanical properties for the rock mass that forms the roof-pillar-floor system for the Bonito coal vein. The results of the simulations showed that the empirical method to determine the barrier pillar width is valid for the studied coal vein and considered mine geometry. Neither did the pillar at the main entry become overstressed due to adjacent mine panels, nor did the roof present any failure due to stress redistribution.

Palabras clave : Coal; underground mining; barrier pillar.

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