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Mining Publication: Test Report on the Machine-Mounted Continuous Respirable Dust Monitor

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Original creation date: June 2001

Image of publication Test Report on the Machine-Mounted Continuous Respirable Dust Monitor

The machine-mounted continuous respirable dust monitor (MMCRDM) is a fixed-location area sampling device developed for possible use at the working face of an underground coal mine. This device, based on proprietary technology known as the tapered element oscillating microbalance, has evolved over the past eight years through a cooperative effort of the former Bureau of Mines, MSHA, and the Rupprecht and Patashnick Company in Albany, NY. The capability to measure respirable coal mine dust levels on a continuous basis, rather than depending solely on periodic samples obtained from the traditional coal mine dust samplers, has been a goal in the mining industry for nearly two decades. Recently, an extensive series of laboratory and underground tests was conducted by NIOSH with the cooperation of MSHA and coal operators to test the performance of the MMCRDM.

Authors: FN Kissell, ED Thimons

Conference Paper - June 2001

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20021356

Proc Seventh International Mine Ventilation Congress, 2001, (17-22 June: EMAG 2001, Krakow, Poland); :253-260