A NEW METHOD FOR DETERMINATION OF OUTBURST THRESHOLD GAS CONTENT VALUES AND ITS APPLICATION AT GUQIAO UNDERGROUND COAL MINE, HUAINAN, CHINA

World Mining Congress

J. Xie, *S. Xue and Y. Wang

CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering

PO Box 883, Kenmore, QLD, Australia, 4069

(*Corresponding author: sheng.xue@csiro.au)

L. Yuan

National Engineering Research Centre of Coal Mine Gas Control

Huainan, China 232001

In underground coal mining, the potential for an outburst of coal and gas is considered to be one of the major hazards. As such, considerable emphasis is given to understanding and preventing such events. A number of indices are used in the prediction of the outburst in a coal mine. The main indices include initial gas desorption rate, gas pressure, gas content, coal strength, gas flowrate from a borehole drilled in a coal seam, and combinations of the above. Some of these indices are considered to be inadequate, inappropriate or impractical for some coal seam conditions, such as those with soft and friable coal. The Huainan Mining Group (Huainan) in China and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia have been jointly developing gas content based technologies to predict the risk of the outbursts. One of the major progressive achievements is a new method for determination of outburst gas content threshold values. The method utilizes empirical analyses, numerical modeling, and seam-specific knowledge . This paper describes the method and its application for the #11 Seam at Guqiao mine, Huainan.
Keywords: Coal; Australia; mining; Modeling; Pressure; Coal seams; Prediction; Boreholes; Underground coal mine;
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