Explosion hazards of coal dust in the presence of methane.
Handbook for methane control in mining. Pittsburgh, PA: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2006 Jun; :147-150
Although methane explosions are dangerous, those that involve coal dust are even more so. If exploding methane disperses and ignites the coal dust that has accumulated on the mine ribs and floor, the burning coal dust immeasurably increases the strength of the explosion. Such methane-dust explosions are prevented by inerting the coal dust in a way that prevents the exploding methane from igniting it. This chapter discusses the dust hazard and how it is prevented in U.S. coal mines.
Mining-industry; Methane-control; Safety-research; Coal-mining; Explosions; Coal-dust; Underground-mining
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Handbook for Methane Control in Mining