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Computer model for evaluating the dust reduction potential of various mining practices for a continuous miner section.

Authors
Potts-JD; Jankowski-RA
Source
Int Mine Comput 1987 Jul; 2(4):19-23
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
10005932
Abstract
By implementing various mining practices, mine operators can reduce the respirable dust exposure levels of the roof bolter and the continuous miner operators. This paper describes a computer program, developed by the Bureau of Mines and entitled amp (alternative mining practices), that gives a quantitative comparison of these reductions. The alternative mining practices and their corresponding reductions in dust exposure levels, evaluated by the program, include a remote control continuous miner, a half-curtain ventilation system, two auxiliary fan-tubing bypass ventilation systems, a modified cutting sequence, a comparison between single- split and double-split ventilation networks, and a comparison between exhausting brattice and exhausting tubing. Descriptions of each of the above mentioned mining practices are included in the report. Amp is a compiled basic program that has been designed to run on computers with a dos version 2.0 Or later operating system. It includes high-resolution graphics (640 x 200 dot positions) designed to run with video boards that are functionally compatible with the IBM monochrome/printer adapter. Graphic screens are selected from menus and can be bypassed if the computer is not equipped to handle high-resolution mode. Their primary function is to show proper implementation of the mining practices evaluated by the program. This package requires a minimum of 256k bytes of ram.
Publication Date
19870701
Document Type
OP; Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1987
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
OP 110-88
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
0834-1214
NIOSH Division
PRC
Source Name
International Mine Computing
State
PA
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