Investigation of unstable failure in underground coal mining using the discrete element method
Unstable failure in underground coal mining is the sudden and violent ejection of coal from mine walls and pillars into the mine opening. This thesis demonstrates the use of the discrete element method to simulate stable and unstable modes of compressive failure of a western U.S. coal. Two discrete element models are evaluated for their ability to simulate unstable and stable compressive failure using the discrete element program Particle Flow Code in Two Dimensions (PFC2D): the bonded particle model and the displacement softening model. Compressive strength tests show that the displacement ...
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