Analyzing the potential for unstable mine failures with the calculation of released energy in numerical models
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Unstable failure in underground mining occurs when a volume of material is loaded beyond its strength and displaces suddenly. It is recognized on various scales, from small rock bursts to the collapse of pillars or entire sections of a mine. The energy that is released during smaller scale events is manifested through the ejection of material, which can pose a hazard to the safety of miners. Larger scale events generate seismic waves as mine workings are damaged and may entrap miners or terminate production. This dissertation focuses on the analysis of unstable failure in an underground ...