In spotlight are four feasible schemes of mining at Level +10 m In Kirov Mine of Apatit at the Kukisvumchorr and Yukspor deposits. The developed three-dimensional geomechanical model embraces rock mass holding the listed deposits. The model includes basic geological, geomechanical and geotechnical factors. The critical influence on stress state of rock mass in Kirov Mine is exerted by: in-situ stress state of rocks, properties of enclosing rocks and ore body, tectonic faults, overhanging of overburden above ore bodies and blasting profile of the over-lying horizon. The multivariate stress state modeling in rock mass under successive extraction of ore reserves from Level +10 m is carried out in three-dimensional formulation using the finite element method and SigmaGT software product developed at the Mining Institute of the Kola Science Center, Russian Academy of Sciences. The basic stress redistribution patterns are determined for different mining scenarios. The zones of the compression stress concentration and relaxation, as well as anticipated increased geodynamic hazard are detected for different stages of mining. The riskiness of approaching a thick geodynamically active structure (Saam fault) in the course of extraction of ore reserves from a block pillar is demonstrated. Based on the research finings, the geomechanically safest variant of mining at Level +10 m involves geological exploration in the zone of the Saam fault and mining advance in either side of the fault using the systems of sublevel caving.

The studies were performed in the framework of the research topics of the 0226-2016-0004_GoI «Study of the processes of energy exchange in the geological environment of mining systems for providing geodynamic safety of the mining development of the North-West Arctic region» with the financial support of JSC «Apatite».


Stress state, geomechanical forecast, numerical modeling, underground mining mining, rockburst-hazardous deposits, geodynamically active structures.

Issue number: 12
Year: 2018
UDK: 622.831
DOI: 10.25018/0236-1493-2018-12-0-65-73
Authors: Semenova I. E., Avetisian I. M., Zemtsovskiy A. V.

About authors: Semenova I.E., Candidate of Technical Sciences, Leading Researcher, e-mail:, Avetisian I.M., Candidate of Technical Sciences, Senior Researcher, e-mail:, Zemtsovskiy A.V., Candidate of Technical Sciences, Senior Researcher, e-mail:, Mining Institute — Subdivision of the Federal Research Centre «Kola Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences» (Mining Institute KSC RAS), 184209, Apatity, Russia.


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