Methane ignited by friction generated during rib bolting

FRICTIONAL contact between a rotating steel bolt and a steel rib mesh strand during the installation of a steel rib bolt generated sufficient heat to ignite methane that was present behind the plate at the installation point at a Queensland underground coal mine.

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Frictional contact between the rotating steel bolt thread and mesh strand generated heat estimated to be in excess of 300C.