Illumination of contributing parameters of uneven break in narrow vein mine
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One of the principal challenge facing the stope production in underground mining is the overbreak and underbreak (UB: uneven break). Although the UB features a critical economic fallout to the entire mining process, it is much inevitable and usually left as an unpredictable phenomenon in underground mines. The complex mechanism of UB must be examined to minimize the UB phenomenon. In this study, the contribution of ten primary UB causative parameters is scrutinized investigating a published UB prediction ANN model. The inputs (UB causative factors) contributions to the output (percentage of UB) of the ANN model were analyzed using Profile methodology (PM). The results PM revealed the essential importance of geological parameters to UB phenomenon as the calculated contributions of adjusted Q-rate (GAQ) and average horizontal to vertical stress ratio (GSK) are 20.48% and 18.12% respectively. Also, the trends of the other eight UB causative factors were investigated. The findings of this study can be used as a reference in stope design and reconciliation processes to maximize the productivity of the underground mine.
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