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Mining Publication: Thermal Stability of ANFO Made with Recycled Oil

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February 1999

Image of publication Thermal Stability of ANFO Made with Recycled Oil

The NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory conducted research to determine the safe operating conditions for using recycled (used) lubricating oil from mining equipment as a partial replacement for diesel fuel to make ANFO-type blasting agents. The use of recycled oil (RO) conserves energy, reduces oil imports, and reduces mining costs. Since RO has a variable composition, there was concern that the additives/impurities it contains may cause ANFO made with RO to be unstable (as compared to regular ANFO) at high summer ambient storage temperatures. Reactivity of RO with zinc was also a concern. Thermal stability tests were done to help quantify and resolve these issues. ANFO mixtures (0.66 lb (300 g)) were put into sample containers made of steel, stainless steel, and galvanized (zinc-coated) steel pipe fittings, which were heated in isothermal ovens. The experimental parameters were temperature settings of 140 deg F (60 deg C) and 176 deg F (80 deg C), four sample container (pipe fitting) metal combinations, and nominal heating periods of 1 and 3 days. The ANFO samples contained 6% each of the following 12 different oils/oil mixtures: No. 1 was diesel fuel, Nos. 2-6 were five candidate oils (2-5 were used oils and 6 was a new synthetic oil), No. 7 was 5% diesel fuel + 1% graphite, and Nos. 8-12 were 3% diesel fuel + 3% each of the five candidate oils). All samples showed no reactivity when heated at 140 deg F (60 deg C). All samples (except No. 7) reacted at 176 deg F (80 deg C) in a steel pipe with galvanized caps as follows: No. 1 reacted most, Nos. 8-12 reacted moderately, and Nos. 2-6 reacted least. All ANFO samples were tested and found not to be cap-sensitive.

Authors: TC Ruhe, TS Bajpayee

Conference PaperFebruary - 1999

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NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20024508

Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique, Nashville, Tennessee, February 7-10, 1999. Cleveland, OH: International Society of Explosives Engineers, 1999 Feb; 2:263-271

 
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