Drift support in burst-prone ground

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 89, No. 998, 1996

Peter K. Kaiser, Dwayne D. Tannant, Geomechanics Research Centre, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario; Dougal R. McCreath, School of Engineering, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario

The Geomechanics Research Centre at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Canada, has undertaken a five-year research program into the design of support appropriate for controlling damage caused by rockbursts. Rockburst damage mechanisms in Canadian hardrock mines are reviewed and a support design approach is presented. Each element in a support system performs a reinforcing, holding, or retaining function. The desirable load-displacement characteristics for elements in burst-resistant support systems are described, and recommended support systems are presented for a spectrum of rockburst conditions ranging from minor to severe. A support system can be designed to (a) prevent the triggering of a ground fall or a rockburst; (b) deform to accommodate the large imposed deformations arising from a rockburst; or (c) absorb the kinetic energy contained in ejected blocks of rock.

Keywords: Paper reviewed and approved for publication by the Rock Mechanics and Strata Control Committee of CIM.
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