Novel adaptation of Marston's stress solution for inclined backfilled stope

El Kamash, Walid, El Naggar, Hany, and Nagaratnam, Sivakugan (2022) Novel adaptation of Marston's stress solution for inclined backfilled stope. Alexandria Engineering Journal, 61 (10). pp. 8221-8239.

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In underground mining, it is crucial to consider the arching phenomenon, especially for inclined backfilled trenches and mine stopes. That phenomenon decreases the vertical stress of the fill material, so, the in-site stress has already redistributed itself to the hanging- and foot-walls when the stope was excavated. In such cases, the mobilized resistance due to friction between the granular backfill material and the inclined walls can substantially reduce the pressure at the bottom of the stope, which could have a major impact on the stability of the backfill medium and consequently also on economic aspects. Most of researchers used numerical analysis or Lab. tests to predict both of vertical and lateral stresses in inclined stopes. However, there is a need to investigate analytical solution to describe the behaviour of those stresses in inclined stopes. Based on Marston’s formula, this research provides a new approach to predicting vertical stresses at any depth in inclined backfilled stopes. The proposed approach introduces a new parameter, η, to account for the contribution of backfill arching. This parameter specifies the ratio of normal stresses on the hanging wall and foot wall of the inclined backfilled stope. This differs from previous approaches, which assumed that the normal stress on the inclined backfilled stope's hanging wall and foot wall was equal. To validate the proposed approach, results obtained are compared with numerical, analytical, and experimental results from previous research. It is found that if the proposed parameter, η, is modified to 0.2 for the lateral earth pressure coefficient at rest with an angle of inclination of 60° to 80°, good agreement with experimental data is achieved.

Item ID: 71571
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2090-2670
Keywords: Mine stopes; Backfills; Stress distribution; Marston’s formula
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Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2022 02:12
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