The paper introduces systematology to roadway supporting, in which three subsystems, including surrounding rock around openings, supporting and system environment, are comprised in a complex surrounding rock-supporting system. The paper also discusses the characterization of the surrounding rock-supporting system; conclusions deduced from essential principles of systematology, which have a correct understanding of roadway supporting in higher level. Based on the characterization and the conclusions, the author points out three tendencies in developing supporting technology. Adopting new scientific theory to discuss supporting technology playes an important role in developing supporting technology. Lastly the paper describes some examples applied systematology in roadway supporting.
Coal Science and Technology