Microcomputer simulation of near seam interaction
The mining of coal within 110 feet below a previously mined seam creates interaction effects which can be detrimental to work in the lower seam. These interaction effects are characterized by zones of very high stress and result in floor and roof instability and pillar crushing.
Recent developments in the field of ground control make it possible to determine with a certain degree of confidence the location of these zones and estimate the degree to which the interaction will affect the lower seam. This information has been incorporated into a software package for microcomputers which will predict lower seam problems and suggest design criteria for minimizing the difficulties which will be encountered.