Numerical Study on an Applicable Underground Mining Method for Soft Extra-Thick Coal Seams in Thailand


The EGAT Mae Moh Mine is the largest open pit lignite mine in Thailand and it produces lignite about 16 million tons annually. In the near future, the pit limit of the mine will be reached and underground mine will then be developed through the open pit in the depth of 400 - 600 m from the surface. However, due to the challenges for underground mining such as poor geological conditions, extra thickness (20 - 30 m) of coal seams, and weak mechanical properties of coal seams and the surrounding rock, the success possibility of underground mining and an applicable underground mining method is being investigated at the present. The paper discusses the applicability of multi-slice bord-and-pillar method for the soft extra thick coal seams in the Mae Moh mine by means of numerical analyses using the 3D finite difference code “FLAC3D”.

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N. Zarlin, T. Sasaoka, H. Shimada and K. Matsui, "Numerical Study on an Applicable Underground Mining Method for Soft Extra-Thick Coal Seams in Thailand," Engineering, Vol. 4 No. 11, 2012, pp. 739-745. doi: 10.4236/eng.2012.411095.

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