Empirical stope design in Kazakhstan underground mines: improving the Mathews stability graph method

Project: Research project

Grant Program

Faculty Development Competitive Research Grant Program 2018-2020

Project Description

The project aims at developing a generalized model or unified model applicable for ore dilution minimization and stope stability, regardless of the stope size, mining methods and site conditions. It is motivated by the need for further studies to continuously improve understanding towards the complex rock mass behavior surrounding stopes as unplanned stope instabilities and dilution pose a serious threat to production and safety. This project has two major components (work packages): stope performance prediction using the stability graph methods, and stope stability analysis based on numerical modelling. The tasks to be delivered include: compilation of a database of stope performance and characterization of stope performance; improving the graph methods: probabilistic, machine learning and rock engineering system approaches; investigating the effect of stress relaxation; approach toward a generalization of the method; determining how the influencing factors (orebody geometry, stress relaxation, faults, etc...) affect the stope performance via numerical modelling using FLAC3D, Map 3D and/or Rocscience.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date3/20/1812/31/20

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Rocks
Excavation
Systems engineering
Dilution
Blasting
Ores
Data mining
Geometry
Failure modes
Numerical methods
Zinc
Minerals
Stoping
Ore deposits
Caves
Bibliographies
Fuzzy inference
Stress relaxation
Terminology
Decision trees