Centrifuge model studies on the stability of fibre-reinforced cemented paste backfill stopes

X. W. Yi, G. W. Ma, A. Fourie

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

20 Citations (Scopus)


Cemented paste backfill (CPB) is used extensively in Australia for providing ground support during underground mining operations. This paper considered the use of polypropylene fibres to reinforce the partial or whole body of CPB models in laboratory centrifuge tests. Specimens were cast as non-reinforced (tailings, cement and water), quarter-height, half-height and full height fibre-reinforced CPB model stopes. The stability of CPB models with vertically exposed faces was investigated by a series of centrifuge tests. The modelling data showed that the prototype height of fibre reinforced CPB stopes could be much higher than that of unreinforced stopes depending on the extent of reinforcing. The vertical displacement and failure mass ratio of CPB models were also compared and discussed. The distinct failure modes showed that fibre reinforcement was effective in preventing the CPB failing into the strong box. Furthermore, virtually no fragments were spalled from the exposed faces of reinforced sections of the stopes. It indicated that the application of fibre reinforcement would potentially reduce ore dilution and recovery costs, because the risks of failure would be lowered and prototype stope sizes be enlarged.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)396-401
Number of pages6
JournalGeotextiles and Geomembranes
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018


Dive into the research topics of 'Centrifuge model studies on the stability of fibre-reinforced cemented paste backfill stopes'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this