pillar burst

pillar burst

[′pil·ər ‚bərst]
(mining engineering)
A failure of a pillar, by crushing.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Nong et al., "Cusp catastrophic model for instability of coal pillar burst damage and analysis of its application," Journal of China University of Mining and Technology, vol.
The inspector, Stephen Falk, warned that attempting to remove coal from the pillars that held up the mine roof would "result in hazardous mining conditions such as pillar bursts and roof fails," which is, of course, exactly what happened last August.