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dc.contributor.authorSpearing, Sam
dc.contributor.authorBenton, D.
dc.contributor.authorKostecki, T.
dc.contributor.authorHirschi, J.
dc.identifier.citationSpearing, S. and Benton, D. and Kostecki, T. and Hirschi, J. 2014. Potential use of high-density backfill in Illinois Basin room-and-pillar coal mines. Transactions of Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration. 336 (1): pp. 396-401.

The use of paste backfill in room-and-pillar coal mines in the United States needs to be fully investigated. This paper discusses a series of physical tests that were conducted to examine the support benefits of theoretical paste backfill regimens in Illinois Basin room-and-pillar coal mines, which necessarily included consideration of weak floor conditions. The series of tests included those simulating strong floor conditions, weak floor conditions, under-confined scenarios, and testing of actual coal-based paste backfill samples. The testing indicated that a paste backfill regimen utilizing a minimum backfill strength of 22 psi at a minimum fill height of 50% of pillar height could significantly increase the longterm stability of coal pillars in the Illinois Basin. Considering typical coal wash plant recoveries, 50% fill would be feasible.

dc.publisherSociety for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration
dc.titlePotential use of high-density backfill in Illinois Basin room-and-pillar coal mines
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleTransactions of Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration
curtin.departmentWestern Australian School of Mines
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