Block Caving Geomechanics



Block Caving Geomechanics

A product of the International Block Caving Study I (1997-2001)
Project Manager: G.P. Chitombo 
Editor-in-Chief/Author: Emeritus Professor E.T.Brown AC
 
It is important that research outcomes be disseminated in a useful form to the clients of the research, and to the community at large if appropriate. The research monograph is a traditional mechanism for reporting substantial bodies of research which, taken together, advance the field to a significant degree. In 1996 the JKMRC published two such monographs, on comminution and blasting, in a series on mining and mineral processing. The present volume continues the series.
 
Caving is a mining method which is of growing interest to companies concerned with the exploitation of massive ore deposits, because of its low cost. However the body of theoretical and practical knowledge of the factors controlling the caving process, particularly in competent rock masses, is limited, and the economic risk in developing a caving mine can therefore be higher than one would like. To remedy this situation, a number of major mining companies came together in 1997 to fund the International Caving Study, a wide-ranging research and technology transfer project. This book records in part the results of the first phase of this study which was conducted as a collaboration of the JKMRC, the Itasca Consulting Group, and a number of consultants.
 
This monograph may be purchased through JKMRC.

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