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Case study of controlled district recirculation.

Authors
Cecala-AB; Timko-RJ; Pritchard-CJ
Source
Min Eng 1991 Nov; 43(11):1351-1355
NIOSHTIC No.
10011086
Abstract
An evaluation was performed on a district recirculation system at a trona mine in Granger, Wyoming. A 1.52-M-diam (5-ft-diam), 37.3-Kw (50- hp) vane axial fan was installed in a crosscut between the intake and return airways and recirculated about 31.4M3/s (66,578 cfm) of air back into the intake. This amounted to a recirculation factor of about 20 pct of the return air. This air was part of the primary ventilation to three different continuous miner sections at operating distances of between 610 m (2,000 ft) and 1,829 m (6,000 ft) from the recirculation fan. The mine environment was constantly monitored for respirable dust, methane, and carbon monoxide in the operating sections and in the main intake and return entries. In addition, air samples were taken with and without the recirculation system during the evaluation and analyzed using gas chromatography. The results of this U.S. Bureau of Mines study showed only small increases in dust, while all other mine contaminants remained at such low levels that it was impossible to determine any relative changes from the recirculation system. Because of this, a brief sf6 tracer gas analysis study was subsequently performed to more precisely determine an increase in a mine contaminant with the recirculation system.
Keywords
Mining-industry; Air-flow; Ventilation; Air-quality-monitoring; Air-sampling; Respirable-dust; Air-contamination; Environmental-control-equipment
CODEN
MIENAB
CAS No.
15243-87-5; 74-82-8; 630-08-0
Publication Date
19911101
Document Type
OP; Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
OP 261-91
Issue of Publication
11
ISSN
0026-5187
NIOSH Division
PRC
Source Name
Mining Engineering
State
WY; PA
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