Document Type : Original Research Paper


1 Department of mining engineering, IIT Kharagpur, West Bengal, India.

2 Department of Mining Engineering, IIT Kharagpur, West Bengal, India.

3 SCCL, Telangana, India



The installation gallery/set-up room of a longwall panel is driven for installation of the longwall face machineries to start the extraction of coal from the longwall panel. The width of the installation gallery is 8 to 9 m. This gallery needs to be stabilized till the face machineries to be deployed from the driving of the room as it required to stand more than 8 to 10 months and develop the high stress concentration, roof-to-floor convergence and yield zone in the roof and sides. Hence, in this study, a deep longwall mine of India is considered to analyze the behavior of set-up room. For this, a total of twelve 3D numerical models are developed and analyzed considering Mohr’s-Coulomb failure criterion. Three panels located at 417, 462, 528 m having three different widths (8, 10 and 12 m) of set-up rooms are examined. The width of the set-up room is taken based on the length of the shield support. The results in terms of vertical stress distribution, vertical displacement, roof-to-floor convergence, plastic strain and yield zone distribution are presented.


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