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Cause of floor self-heatings in an underground coal mine.

Authors
Miron-Y; Lazzara-CP; Smith-AC
Source
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 9415, 1992 Jan; :1-24
NIOSHTIC No.
10011376
Abstract
This report presents a U.S. Bureau of Mines study to identify the causes of self-heating events beneath the floor of a deep underground mine. Mine samples from both heated and unheated areas were examined by various techniques, including visual, microscopic, thermal, chemical, and instrumental tests. The combined results led to the conclusion that pyrite (FeS2) oxidation was the prime cause of the heatings. However, adiabatic oven tests of selected samples did not indicate the effect of the pyrite on the self-heating process, probably because of the experimental conditions. A fast, simple procedure to assess concentration of pyrite in the mine samples was developed, utilizing the reactivity of the sample with an aqueous solution of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2).
Keywords
Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Iron-compounds
Publication Date
19920101
Document Type
IH; Report of Investigations
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
PB2003-103263
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
RI-9415
NIOSH Division
PRC
Source Name
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 9415
State
PA
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