Application of Displacement of Discontinuity Methods in Underground Mine Design

by M. P. Hardy, J. F. T. Agapito & Associates, Inc, Grand Junction, CO, USA,
H. N. Maleki, J. F. T. Agapito & Associates, Inc, Grand Junction, CO, USA,
S. J. Mitchell, J. F. T. Agapito & Associates, Inc, Grand Junction, CO, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Rock Masses: Modeling of Underground Openings/Probability of Slope Failure/Fracture of Intact Rock

Abstract: Displacement discontinuity methods for stress analysis, pioneered by Starfield and Crouch (see, for example, Starfield and Crouch, 1972; Crouch, 1976; and Crouch and Starfield, 1983), have found wide acceptance in the application of stability assessment and design in underground mining. The presentation describes case examples where both two- and three-dimensional displacement discontinuity analysis has been used in conjunction with observations in the mines to form engineering judgements on safe layouts and recommended dimensions. Refs.

Subject Headings: Displacement (mechanics) | Discontinuities | Mines and mining | Structural safety | Stress analysis | Three-dimensional analysis | Case studies

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