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Design and demonstration of a continuous dust control parameter monitoring system.

Authors
Spencer-ER; Kovscek-PD; Fields-KG
Source
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 9623, 1996 Jan; :1-16
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00233935
Abstract
An intrinsically safe, continuous dust control parameter monitoring system was assembled and the capabilities of the system to augment a coal mine dust control plan was demonstrated. The system consists of a data acquisition system, data storage modules, sensors, solid state relays, safety barriers, and battery power supplies. It was designed so that it could be adapted to either a continuous miner or a longwall shearer with minimum modification to the existing machine. The parameters selected for monitoring were air velocity, water supply pressures, water flow quantity, machine vibration, shearer tram rate for the longwall shearer, mining machine hydraulic supply pressure, and for the continuous miner, pressure drop of the dust scrubber system. In mine studies showed that the monitoring system is a viable instrument for continuously observing and recording dust control parameter activities in underground mining and that the system can be used as a tool for keeping respirable dust levels at a minimum.
Keywords
Coal-dust; Underground-mining; Control-technology; Dust-control; Air-quality-monitoring; Equipment-design; Mining-equipment; Respirable-dust
Publication Date
19960101
Document Type
Report of Investigations
Fiscal Year
1996
NTIS Accession No.
PB96-188156
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
RI-9623
NIOSH Division
PRC
Source Name
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 9623
State
PA
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