Rock and Ground Support

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The term rock support is the term widely used to describe the procedures and materials used to improve the stability and maintain the load bearing capacity of rock near to the boundaries of an underground excavation. A distinction is drawn between rock reinforcement or active support, where the supporting elements are an integral part of the reinforced rock mass, and rock support or passive support, where the supporting members are external to the rock and respond to inward movement of the rock surrounding the excavation.

A good example of active reinforcement is a pattern of un-tensioned grouted bolts which are tensioned as the rock deforms and which interact with the rock in much the same way as reinforcing steel does with concrete. Steel sets are an example of passive support since they external to the rock mass and can only respond to progressive inward movement of the loosened rock mass.

The primary objective of a support system is to mobilise and conserve the inherent strength of the rock mass so that it becomes self-supporting. Rock support generally combines the effects of reinforcement, by such elements as rock bolts and cables, and support, with shotcrete, mesh and steel sets which carry loads from individual rock blocks isolated by structural discontinuities or zones of loosened rock. If possible, the installation of rock support should be carried out as an integral part of the excavation cycle to enhance the self -supporting aspects of rock mass improvement.

Source: Hoek and Wood, Underground Support Systems, 1987

Rock Reinforcement

Normet’s rock reinforcement portfolio includes bolt the D-Bolt®, Self-Drilling Dynamic Bolt SDDB®, Self-Drilling Anchors (SDA) as well as chemical rock reinforcement.

The D-Bolt®, the deformable bolt, represents a new generation in energy-absorbing rock bolting. It is specifically designed for efficient and reliable rock reinforcement in both squeezing and burst-prone strata conditions. The D-Bolt® may be installed in either cement or resin grouts, most often in a holistic rock support system that includes sprayed concrete and mesh.

Our complete range of SDA provides a solution for efficiently installing reinforcing bolts in unconsolidated or fractured ground, where it is difficult to keep boreholes intact long enough for traditional bolt installation.

To complement our ground support bolt range, Normet manufactures a range of ground support and bolt anchoring grouts ranging from cement-based products through to silicate urea resin technologies.  TamPur RBG for example, a silicate urea system, incorporates a gelling agent that produces a non-sag resin once the two components are mixed and injected. RBG is ideally suited for securing all type of rock bolts where early tensioning/loading is required along with full rock bolt encapsulation. TamPur RBG is available in varying grades to suit both an automated or manual injection process and to allow for local ambient and rock formation temperatures.

Our TamPur 116T is a two component 1:1 ratio silicate urea resin that reacts to form a non-expansive, solid compound that gains considerable adhesive, compressive and tensile strength within minutes. Ideal for injection into high convergence zones in deep mining or tunnel excavations to improve rock strength capability and as a binder for loose rock formation. TamPur 116T is also used extensively to secure rock and cable bolts allowing for early tensioning.

Surface Support

For immediate support or immediate sealant against air or humidity Normet is proud to offer a unique product:

TamCrete SSL (Structural Support Liner)

  • Non-cementitious acrylic polymer shell with sealant characteristic
  • Within minutes it provides a mechanical performance even the best concrete will not gain within 24 hour
  • Applied rapidly and safely supporting the rock mass in early stages
  • Can be used as an anti-oxidation barrier for quick re-entry areas
  • Can be used in conjunction or in addition to sprayed concrete, mesh and bolt ground support systems
  • Used to compliment strengthen or increase the life and durability of existing ground support systems
  • Can be sprayed using a Normet SSL 15 pump – highly mobile and light equipment
  • Can be applied remotely by linking a high output SSL 40 pump to a Minimec

Application area:

  • Rock support on drives
  • Shaft linings
  • Undercutting of stopes
  • Sprayed onto kimberlite
  • Onto dry and wet rock and concrete surfaces

For more information on our rock reinforcement products, please see the products section below.

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