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A Study on Dual-Load-Zone Model of Overlying Strata and Evolution Law of Mining Stress

Yuejin Zhou1,*, Mingpeng Li1, Xiaoding Xu1, Meng Li1

State Key Laboratory for Geomechanics & Deep Underground Engineering, China University of Mining & Technology, Xuzhou, 221116, China.

* Corresponding Author: Yuejin Zhou. Email: .

Computers, Materials & Continua 2019, 58(2), 391-407.


The changeable structure and movement law of overlying strata are the main contributor to the change of mining stress. Starting from the relevant theory of key stratum and particularly based on the theory of mine ground pressure and strata control, this research proposed a new solution to mining stress problems by establishing a dual-load-zone stratum structural model. Elastic foundation beam theory was used to solve the stress of overlying strata of the dual-load-zones with superposition method, which revised the traditional calculation method of mining stress. The abnormal increase of lead abutment pressure in the mining area was explained effectively, through which the evolution law of mining stress in the case of hard rock was obtained. The results indicate that mining stress experiences a drastic change within the range of 50 m ahead of the coal wall due to the collapse of main roof; under the influence of main key stratum and inferior key strata, the influence range of lead abutment pressure is extended up to approximately 120 m in the working face; this remarkable increase can be attributed to the excessive length of sagging zone. Results from both the dual-load-zone model experiment and field measurement demonstrate high consistency. The model can predict the influence range of abutment pressure effectively and thus guide the safety production of mining.


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Y. Zhou, M. Li, X. Xu and M. Li, "A study on dual-load-zone model of overlying strata and evolution law of mining stress," Computers, Materials & Continua, vol. 58, no.2, pp. 391–407, 2019.


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