Proposal of 2D finite element model for square pillar stability analysis
It is suggested that 2D finite element method models are used for square pillar stability analysis. Equivalent width of strip pillar that is represented by FE models is determined from tributary area method by introducing equivalence of square and strip pillar loads in tributary area method analysis. With FE analysis it is shown that pillar loads are close to expected, but tributary area method is limited to pillars of small heights and with horizontal deposits. Proposed methodology provides opportunity to model much complex conditions and sequencing of excavation with respect of sequential stress redistribution.
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