RECENT SOLUTIONS TO EVALUATE THE REQUIRED STRENGTH OF CEMENTED BACKFILL

World Mining Congress

*L. Li, and M. Aubertin

École Polytechnique de Montréal

6079 Succursale Centre-ville

Montreal, Canada H3C 3A7

(*Corresponding author: li.li@polymtl.ca)

Backfill is increasingly used in underground mines, as it can help reduce the environmental impact from mining operations. However, the primary objective of backfilling is to provide safe working space for miners, by improving ground stability conditions. As cement is often added to the backfill, a critical issue is the determination of the required backfill strength (cohesion) due to the binder. This value is usually obtained from a solution proposed by Mitchell and co-workers, in the early 1980’s, for stopes with an exposed backfill face. This paper presents a brief review of the Mitchell et al. solution, with some of its main limitations. Some of the recently developed solutions for backfill design are then summarized and discussed.
Keywords: Backfill; Backfills; Backfill; stopes; stope; Strength; Rocks; Rock; Stability; Shear strength;
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