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Modified shearer clearer system for dust and methane control.

Authors
Cecala-AB; Jaya-NI
Source
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9404, 1994 Jan; :1-12
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NIOSHTIC No.
10012431
Abstract
This report provides a detailed description of the Bureau of Mines designed modified shearer clearer system. Engineering drawings are provided for all major components of this system. The modified shearer clearer system is a revised version of the original system intended to improve the ventilation around both cutting drums. The original shearer clearer technique was solely a dust control technique that has been effective in lowering shearer operator's dust exposures. The technique uses a series of water sprays that not only knock down a portion of the dust cloud but also act as small fans that move a substantial amount of air and keep the dust cloud from dispersing over the shearer body. The modified version is composed of two additional spray blocks for improved air movement around both cutting drums, thus lowering methane levels and the likelihood of an ignition. A laboratory study performed with the modified version in a full-scale longwall gallery resulted in a 73 pct reduction in methane concentrations at the shearer machine for both cut directions. The air moving capabilities of the system provides more turbulence at the cutting drums and reduces methane levels.
Keywords
Occupational-exposure; Cutting-machines; Design-criteria; Spraying; Coal-miners; Ventilation; Mining-research; Air-flow; Coal-seams; Air-pollution-control; Shearer-loaders; Longwall-mining; Dust-control; Methane; Occupational-safety-and-health; Water-sprays
Publication Date
19940101
Document Type
Information Circular
Fiscal Year
1994
NTIS Accession No.
PB95-104873
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
IC-9404
NIOSH Division
PRC
Source Name
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9404
State
PA
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