Using a series of case studies, this essential reference documents the experiences of 15 of the most rockburst-prone mines in the U.S. and Canada over the last century. The book provides an historical analysis of rockburst activity along with state-of-the-art strategies for anticipating and preventing this dangerous and disruptive phenomenon.
Rockbursts poses a significant and growing threat to mines--and miners--throughout North America. High stress on brittle rock structures during mining operations can produce sudden, explosive reactions that result in costly mine failures, serious injury, and even death. Using a series of case studies, this essential reference documents the experiences of 15 of the most rockburst-prone mines in the U.S. and Canada over the last century. The book provides an historical analysis of rockburst activity along with state-of-the-art strategies for anticipating and preventing this dangerous and disruptive phenonmenon. This resource provides a primer on rockbursts, including an examination of the conditions that favor their occurrence. The text highlights practical methods to alleviate this danger, including controlling blasting times, changing mining methods, altering the extraction sequence, utilizing backfill, destress blasting, and using yielding supports. Packed with dozens of cost-saving and potentially life-saving ideas, this book is an important resource for mining engineers and operators who work in hard-rock mines.
About the Author :
Wilson Blake has contributed to Rockbursts: Case Studies from North American Hard-Rock Mines as an author.
Blake graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a B.A. in geology in 1957, and after military service, he returned to Berkeley to earn an M.Sc. in engineering science in 1962. He joined the Denver Mining Research Center of the United States Bureau of Mines in 1965, while he worked toward his Ph.D. in mining engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. After receiving his doctorate in 1971, he became Director of Mining Research for GECAMINES in Lubumbashi, Zaire, in 1972, and has been an international mining and geotechnical consultant since 1975.
|Title:||Rockbursts: Case Studies from North American Hard-Rock Mines||Publisher:||Society for Mining Metallurgy & Exploration|
|Author:||Wilson Blake, David G F Hedley|
|No. of Pages:||121|
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