Pull Testing Results at Agrium's Vanscoy Potash Operations
CIM Vancouver 2016
Mr Darren Neely (Rock Mechanics Engineer EIT - Agrium Potash Vanscoy Operations)
Conducting pull tests on resin anchored rebar ground support is a part of the regular quality control testing which takes place at Agrium’s Vanscoy Potash Operations. Pull tests determine the average bond strength achieved, and confirms proper installation procedure and quality of materials used. At Vanscoy, testing also determines the effect of poor installation practice. Installation of ground support is not always required at the mine; this can result in lack of experience and/or persistence of poor habits. Presented are the testing method, instrumentation used, and results. The results highlight effects of poor installation practices noted at the mine in an effort to educate operators.