Mechanical response and gas flow characteristics of pre-drilled coal subjected to true triaxial stresses
Many gas pre-drainage boreholes are generally constructed in coal seams to ensure safe underground operation. True triaxial experiments were conducted to study the mechanical response and gas flow characteristics of pre-drilled coal to reveal the in-situ behavior at pre-drilled regions in coal seams. The mechanical parameters, failure modes, and flow rate evolutions of pre-drilled coal samples were collected. The gas flow rate of pre-drilled coal samples showed an S-shaped trend with the increase of strain, and no obvious descending progress was found in the flow rate-strain curves. The typical failure mode for pre-drilled coal samples was shear-type during the true triaxial stress compression. V-shaped macro-fractures around the boreholes were observed when boreholes were perpendicular to bedding planes and parallel to face cleats. In contrast, single shear macro-fractures around the boreholes were observed when boreholes were parallel to butt cleats. The pre-drilled coal samples exhibited lower peak strength values when boreholes were parallel to butt cleats, induced by the relatively low cohesion parameter. Pre-drilled coal's initial flow rates perpendicular to bedding planes and parallel to butt cleats directions were only 33.33% and 41.67% of values measured along face cleats. More complex macro-fractures were formed, and up to a 39.30% decrease in strength was observed in pre-drilled coal samples under true triaxial unloading stress paths. The variations in volumetric strain level and the flow rate evolution were further discussed with an anisotropic conceptual failure model. These mechanical responses and flow characteristics of pre-drilled coal would guide the design of borehole layout and prevention of coal dynamic disasters.
National Natural Science Foundation of China ; Postdoctoral Science Foundation of China[2020M681775] ; Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities[2021QN1088]
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Energy & Fuels ; Engineering
Energy & Fuels ; Engineering, Chemical
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Cited Times [WOS]:12
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|Department||Department of Earth and Space Sciences|
1.School of Safety Engineering,China University of Mining and Technology,Xuzhou,Jiangsu,221116,China
2.Key Laboratory of Gas and Fire Control for Coal Mines (China University of Mining and Technology),Ministry of Education,Xuzhou,Jiangsu,221116,China
3.Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Deep Earth Sciences and Geothermal Energy Exploitation and Utilization,Institute of Deep Earth Sciences and Green Energy,College of Civil and Transportation Engineering,Shenzhen University,Shenzhen,518060,China
4.Department of Earth and Space Sciences,Southern University of Science and Technology,Shenzhen,Guangdong,518055,China
Liu，Yubing,Wang，Enyuan,Li，Minghui,et al. Mechanical response and gas flow characteristics of pre-drilled coal subjected to true triaxial stresses[J]. Gas Science and Engineering,2023,111.
Liu，Yubing,Wang，Enyuan,Li，Minghui,Song，Zhenlong,Zhang，Li,&Zhao，Dong.(2023).Mechanical response and gas flow characteristics of pre-drilled coal subjected to true triaxial stresses.Gas Science and Engineering,111.
Liu，Yubing,et al."Mechanical response and gas flow characteristics of pre-drilled coal subjected to true triaxial stresses".Gas Science and Engineering 111(2023).
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