Geotechnical and Geological Engineering

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 529–549 | Cite as

Numerical Analysis of Sill and Crown Pillar Stability for Multilevel Cut and Fill Stopes in Different Geomining Conditions

Original paper


A steeply dipping orebody, having decreasing width with depth has been modeled considering horizontal cut and fill method of stoping at four different depth levels. The focus of the study is to identify and understand the behavior of crown and sill pillars in terms of varying stress and geo-mining conditions without reinforcement using finite element method. Analysis of stresses, displacements and extent of yield zones around the excavation is carried out by varying the rock mass conditions such as geological strength index, uniaxial compressive strength (UCS or σ ci), modulus of elasticity (E), and thickness of crown and sill pillars (T). These analyses have been conducted based on 135 non-linear numerical models considering Drucker–Prager material model in plane strain condition. Results of the study provide valuable insight into the stress concentration factors of the pillars highlighting stress distributions, roof convergence, yield zones and support requirements. Finally, it suggests the optimum thickness of crown and sill pillar with varying thickness of orebody.


Crown and sill pillar stability Drucker–Prager Numerical modeling Deep underground working 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mining EngineeringISMDhanbadIndia
  2. 2.Department of Mining EngineeringIITKharagpurIndia

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