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2012 Controlled Roof Collapse during Secondary Mining in Coal Mines
Ashleigh Hutchinson
Int. J. Differ. Equ. 2012(SI1): 1-21 (2012). DOI: 10.1155/2012/806078


The problem considered is an investigation of the possible collapse of the roof between the pillar next to be mined in secondary coal mining and the first line of pillar remnants called snooks. The roof rock between the pillar, which is the working face, and the snook is modelled as an Euler-Bernoulli beam acted on at each end by a horizontal force and by its weight per unit length. The beam is clamped at the pillar and simply supported (hinged) at the snook. The dimensionless differential equation for the beam and the boundary conditions depend on one dimensionless number B. We consider the range of values of B before the displacement and curvature first become singular at B=B1. The model predicts that for all practical purposes, the beam will break at the clamped end at the pillar. The failure of the beam for values of B greater than B1 is investigated computationally.


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Ashleigh Hutchinson. "Controlled Roof Collapse during Secondary Mining in Coal Mines." Int. J. Differ. Equ. 2012 (SI1) 1 - 21, 2012.


Received: 26 December 2011; Accepted: 10 April 2012; Published: 2012
First available in Project Euclid: 25 January 2017

zbMATH: 1248.34028
MathSciNet: MR2959771
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1155/2012/806078

Rights: Copyright © 2012 Hindawi


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