Gob-water is a serious hazard in Chinese coalmines. Such inrushes have caused more than 80% of the coalmine water accidents recorded in recent years. This study is based on reviews of past gob-water hazard cases in China. Six inrush patterns are suggested, caused by gobs exposed by tunneling, channeled by faults, or fissure or caving zone channeling, damage to or collapse of water-resistant coal pillars and multi-factor interactions. The results are of relevance in all coal-producing countries wishing to contain and treat gob-water hazards.
Research Article|June 01 2017
Patterns of gob-water inrush in Chinese coalmines
aSchool of Resources and Civil Engineering, Suzhou University, Suzhou, Anhui 234000, China
bNational Engineering Research Center of Coal Mine Water Hazard Controlling, Suzhou, Anhui 234000, China
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Water Practice and Technology (2017) 12 (2): 444-452.