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Characterization of gas flow in longwall gobs: Pittsburgh Coalbed, PA.

Authors
Diamond-WP; Schatzel-SJ; Garcia-F; LaScola-JC; McCall-FE; Jeran-PW; Mucho-TP
Source
Proceedings of the International Coalbed Methane Symposium, Tuscaloosa, AL, May 3-7, 1999. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama, 1999 May; :233-244
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NIOSHTIC No.
20027597
Abstract
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Office for Mine Safety and Health Research is investigating the geologic and mining factors influencing the migration of longwall gob gas. One goal of these studies is to optimize methane drainage strategies to reduce the volume of gob gas that reaches the underground workplace. As part of this research effort, longwall gob gas flow paths in a mine operating in the Pittsburgh Coalbed, PA, were investigated using SFe tracer gas. Tracer gas released into the ventilation airflow underground generally stayed in the bleeder system and was vented at the associated bleeder fan shafts. Tracer 9a's injected into an inactive (intaking) gob gas venthole migrated to the two inby producing ventholes on the study panel, indicating that all three ventholes were in communication. The tracer gas that was injected into the gob generally stayed in the gob and only .migrated to the ventilation system in response to the venthole on the study panel closest to the injection hole going off production. Factors influencing the production performance of gob gas ventholes in the study area are also discussed.
Keywords
Coal-mining; Underground-mining; Longwall-mining; Methanes; Methane-control; Ventilation-equipment; Ventilation-systems; Ventilation; Gas-sampling; Gas-meters; Gas-detectors; Workplace-monitoring; Workplace-studies; Worker-health
CAS No.
74-82-8
Publication Date
19990501
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Fiscal Year
1999
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
NIOSH Division
PRL
Source Name
Proceedings of the International Coalbed Methane Symposium, Tuscaloosa, AL, May 3-7, 1999
State
AL; PA
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