Predicting the stability of rockpasses from the geological structure

T. R. Stacey, J. Wesseloo, G. Bell

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Abstract

Instability in rockpasses at deep levels often initiates as a result of stress induced fracturing of the rock on the walls of the pass. This may then progress to a stage at which the geological structure of the rock mass becomes dominant and permits large joint-defined blocks and slabs to become unstable. In this paper, a technique is described in which jointing parameters and their variabilities - orientations, spacings and lengths - are taken into account in estimating the extent of failure that may develop around a typical unsupported deep level gold mine rockpass. The results of this prediction are compared with the results obtained from a review of pass performance in the gold mining industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)803-808
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Volume105
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes

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In: Journal of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Vol. 105, No. 11, 01.12.2005, p. 803-808.

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