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The Bureau's program to automate longwall mining.

Authors
Palowitch-ER; Corwine-J
Source
Coal Age 1975 Jul; 80(8):122-124
NIOSHTIC No.
10009614
Abstract
Initially, longwall mining was generally used in the United States only in mines where room-and-pillar methods were impractical and uneconomical. The realization is growing that longwall mining with powered shearer-loaders or plow-loaders, armored snaking face conveyors, and powered self-advancing roof supports has the potential for mining coal continuously and at extremely high production rates. It can also yield a cleaner coal product and make it possible to achieve coalbed recoveries approaching 100 pct--all at very high face worker productivity. Installations ranging from plows in thin, deep, friable coalbeds to shearer-loaders in thick, deep, highly faulted coalbeds, now operating in the major coal- producing regions of the United States, support the belief that available state-of-the-art longwall equipment can be adapted to the broad spectrum of American coalbeds and geologic settings.
CODEN
COLAA7
Publication Date
19750701
Document Type
OP; Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1975
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
OP 89-75
Issue of Publication
8
ISSN
0009-9910
NIOSH Division
PRC
Source Name
Coal Age
State
PA
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