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Conference Paper

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T. Meikle, S. C. Tadolini, R. Hawker and D. Pollack, Improvements in long tendon support with pumpable resin, 13th Coal Operators' Conference, University of Wollongong, The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy & Mine Managers Association of Australia, 2013, 124-130.


Long tendon support systems provide several challenges when used as part of the secondary or primary support cycle. A two-component pumpable resin, Carbothix, has been in development for use with self-drilling rock bolts. Many of the attributes of this new resin system make it ideal for grouting long tendon support systems. While neat Portland cement grouts or polyester resin capsules have been used with long tendon support systems for many years, two-component pumpable resin systems overcome many of the shortcomings in these systems. The two-component systems dramatically improve the set-time to enable mining face advance with fewer delays, enable longer pumping distances, improve quality control, and enhance load transfer mechanisms. This paper describes the key benefits associated with a new pumpable resin and details the Coal Services Health/Workcover atmospheric testing results and cable load testing completed to date. It also details the results of the Australian mine site trials and the introduction of these systems into production use.