Bureau of Mines Coal Cutting Technology Facilities At the Twin Cities Research Center.
Roepke-WW; Wingquist-CF; Olson-RC; Hanson-BD
Research on coal cutting at the Bureau of Mines Twin Cities Research Center (TCRC) has evolved from a purely mechanical approach, specifically to reduce dust or frictional methane ignitions, into an understanding of the complexity of the cutting system relationships. Achieving an understanding of these relationships requires a wide variety of testing techniques and equipment. Laboratory facilities and the associated equipment exist for shallow to deep cutting in both coal and coal-inclusive rock with any desired bit type. Research efforts with this equipment are providing insight for significant advances to help solve the problems of pneumoconiosis and frictional ignition. This effort will ultimately affect both respirable dust and methane ignitions at the face through better bit design and will increase the salable percent of run-of-mine coal processed. It will also affect the design of rotary-drum cutting continuous mining machines and longwall machines. This report describes the main features of the coal cutting research facilities at tcrc.
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