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Analytical Design Procedure Using the Wilson Equation
Pillar Mechanics Workshop Proceedings 2010
Analytical Design Procedure Using the Wilson Equation
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Vincent A. Scovazzo, Director of Geotechnical Services John T. Boyd Company Richland, WA
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[Book] Pillar Mechanics Workshop Proceedings 2010
[Topical Area] Pillar Design Workshop
[Author] 
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Vincent A. Scovazzo, Director of Geotechnical Services John T. Boyd Company Richland, WA
[Abstract] 
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The analytical pillar design procedure employing the Wilson equation is based on the site-specific material strength of the floor, pillar, and roof rock. Stable pillars so designed will sometimes be larger than those designed using empirical methods thus providing more stability or at other times smaller than empirically designed pillars thus conserving natural resources. Presented here is a detailed procedure for the analytical design of soft rock pillars using the Wilson equation. An example of this procedure is presented that uses data from a mine in the Owl Seam in Southern Appalachia. These Owl Seam pillars are now in use and are performing as expected. Also addressed is an assessment of the Dr. Scovazzo’s analytically designed pillars based on pillar performance data gathered by Dr. Mark in the Southern Appalachian Coal Field.