August 2020
Volume 72    Issue 8

Design and evaluation of the roof bolt corrosion test system in a simulated underground coal mine environment

Bylapudi, Gopi; Spearing, A.J.S. (Sam); Mondal, Kanchan; Bhagwat, Anand

ABSTRACT:

Corrosion of steel roof support systems can cause potential premature failure of the support, thus adversely affecting the excavation stability and rock-related safety. An in-house corrosion test system was designed and developed to test full-length roof bolts for material performance based on tensile load capacity and strength under different corrosive conditions found underground. Initially, ASTM A615 grade 60 steel roof bolts, which are the most commonly used bolt material in the United States, were tested with and without stresses in a simulated underground coal-mining environment for approximately six months. This paper mainly discusses the test system, protocol and system shortcomings, and makes recommendations based on the observations and results.

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