ABSTRACT

Increasing the mining depth at LKABs Kiirunavaara mine located in the northern part of Sweden is leading to higher stress magnitudes, resulting in increased seismic activity and more rockburst damage. The effectiveness of various ground support systems under dynamic loading conditions has therefore become of prime interest to LKAB for successful and safe mining at deep levels. Therefore, a series of rockburst simulations will be conducted, using explosives to generate the dynamic load, on a number of support systems. This paper covers the results from the first trial test called Zero test-1. The test included ground motion measurements with a number of accelerometers, fracture investigation, ground and support motion imaging, as well as the deformation measurements. The methodology used to simulate rockbursts is discussed and the issues met in these tests are also addressed for further improvement.

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