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Evaluation of hydraulic coal transport system concepts for surface mines.

Authors
Roberge-JC; Stoukidis-M; Rubin-L; Burnett-M
Source
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, AC01-80ET14084, 1981 Nov; :1-288
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NIOSHTIC No.
10000980
Abstract
Coal haulage from the pit of United States surface mines is most often accomplished with truck haul transportation schemes. The demand for domestic production of coal is expected to increase greatly over the next decade. Efforts to restrain and curtail increasing power production costs will require optimum productivity within the coal producing industry. The objective of this program was to develop concepts for in-pit hydraulic transport systems for surface coal mines that will permit significant increases in coal extraction and pit haulage productivity as compared to truck haulage. Large particle coal transport was demonstrated to be the most desirable for central and western United States surface mines. Three conceptual hydrotransport systems, including a centrifugal pump, jet pump and ventilated inducer system, were developed for each of two currently active mining operations. General and site-specific design parameters were developed for each of the conceptual hydrotransport systems. A detailed economic comparison of capital and operating and maintenance costs for each of the hydrotransport systems was made with the existing truck haul operations. An increase in haulage productivity of approximately 19% was demonstrated for the central surface mine, while that of the western surface mine increased by more than 180%. Included in this report is a bibliography containing over 600 citations pertinent to hydraulic transport of coal.
Keywords
Bibliographies; Coal; Coal-mining; Comparative-evaluations; Economics; Haulage-equipment; Hydraulic-transport; Mine-haulage; Surface-mining; Trucks
Publication Date
19810101
Document Type
CP; Final Contract Report
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
DE82-006262
NTIS Price
A14
Identifying No.
Contract-C-14084
NIOSH Division
PRC
Source Name
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, AC01-80ET14084
State
PA; MA
Performing Organization
Foster-Miller Associates
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