Course Details

Subject {L-T-P / C} : MN2102 : Underground Coal Mining {3-0-0 / 3}
Subject Nature : Theory
Coordinator : Prof. Singam Jayanthu


Module1: Development of Stratified Deposits: Choice of mine size, methods of entry and primary development
Module 2: Underground Coal Mining Methods: Classification and choice, Bord and Pillar mining, development and extraction, Long-wall mining, face mechanization, production equipment and face machinery used, viz. coal cutting machines, drills, mechanical loaders, LHDS, shuttle car etc. – their performance and choice. Special coal mining methods Provision of CMR 1957
Module 3: Supports: Roadway and face supports, supports for junctions and special conditions, setting and withdrawal of supports, roof bolting, roof stitching, systematic supporting, protective of pillars.
Module 4: Stowing and Filling Methods, gathering and transportation arrangements, stowing plants and layout.

Course Objectives

  1. To introduce underground coal mining methods
  2. To create awareness on recent UG technologies to the students

Course Outcomes

CO1: to understand the details of development of a mine for exploitation of mineral deposits
CO2: Analyze design requirements of Underground Coal Mining Methods
CO3: Apply different support systems including backfilling techniques for underground mines for stability of workings

Essential Reading

  1. T. N. Singh, Underground winning of Coal, Oxford and IBH New Delhi , 1992
  2. S. P. Mathur,, Coal Mining in India, M. S. Enterprises Bilaspur , 1999

Supplementary Reading

  1. R. D. Singh, Principles & Practices of Modern Coal Mining, New age international New Delhi , 1997
  2. S. S. Peng and H S Chiang, Longwall mining,, Wiley, New York , 708p.

Journal and Conferences

  1. Jayanthu, S., T. N. Singh and D. P. Singh, 2004, Stress distribution during extraction of pillars in a thick coal seam., Rock mechanics and rock engineering 37.3 171-192.
  2. S.K. Singh, and S Jayanthu, 2011, Ground Control Technology for Mass Exploitation of Coal deposits with Continuous Miner: A Review of the Indian Scenario, 30thInternational Conference on Ground Control in Mining, July 26th-28th 2011, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA