Slope stability analysis in open pit mines of Jebel Gustar Career, Ne Algieria- a multi-steps approach
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Department of Mines, Faculty of Earth Sciences, Badji Mokhtar University, Annaba, Algeria
Earth Sciences Department, Ferhat Abbas University, Setif 1, Algeria
Mineral Processing and Environmental Laboratory, Department of Mines, Faculty of Earth Sciences, Badji Mokhtar University, Annaba, Algeria.
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Farid Zahri   

Setif 1 University, Department of Earth Sciences, Institut of Architecture and Earth Sciences, Setif University, 19000 Setif, Algeria
Mining Science 2016;23:137-146
Several types of instabilities can menace the personnel and equipment in the open cast mines. Their kinematicis dependent commonly on the nature, the structure, the fracturing and the strength of the rock mass. A scientific assessment vis-a-vis their equilibrium is suggested. For this task a considerable amount of field work must already carrying out to supply the necessary data ie: geometric, mecanic and geologic parameters. The main purpose of this research is identifying different modes of slope failures that may develop on the career “ENOF” of Jebel Gustar, by a multi-step analysis. For this task, i) a structural analysis; ii) an estimation of the rock mass and discontinuity mechanical properties, iii) a rating of the rock mass quality, iv) and a numerical simulation of the stability are procedurally used. The results matched well with the field observations. They proved the poor stability of the career, showing a typical example of a bad slope-design. The application of such approaches can help stabilizing the mine and ensure the safety and a sustainable production.
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