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Energies 2018, 11(2), 285; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11020285

Analytical Determination of Energy Release in a Coal Mass

School of Mining Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
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Received: 7 December 2017 / Revised: 4 January 2018 / Accepted: 12 January 2018 / Published: 24 January 2018
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Abstract

In underground mining, it is not currently feasible to forecast a coal burst incident. A coal burst usually includes suddenly abrupt energy release in line with the significant deformed shape in a coal mass as well as coal ejection. The major source of the released energy is the energy stored in the coal. The effect of geological characteristics in the coal on the possible released energy due to material and joint damping is classified as a current silent issue. Therefore, innovative research is needed to understand the influence of coal’s joint and cleat characters (directions and densities) on the possible energy release and/or dissipation. A simple and novel analytical solution is developed in this paper to calculate the amount of released energy due to varying joint density. A broad validation is conducted by comparing the outcomes of the developed analytical model with the results of a three-dimensional numerical simulation using the commercial discrete element package 3DEC. An appropriate agreement has been observed between the results from the numerical modelling and the suggested closed form solution. The paper derives a novel analytical solution to calculate the amount of released energy in coal with different joint densities. View Full-Text
Keywords: coal burst; mechanisms; released energy; analytical approach coal burst; mechanisms; released energy; analytical approach
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Zhang, C.; Tahmasebinia, F.; Canbulat, I.; Vardar, O.; Saydam, S. Analytical Determination of Energy Release in a Coal Mass. Energies 2018, 11, 285.

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