Mining Contract: DPM Research: Monitoring Responses to Ventilation and Control by Water Sprays, and Capacity Building for Mine Ventilation Expertise

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Contract # 200-2014-59646
Start Date 9/1/2014
End Date 8/31/2019
Research Concept

In the underground mining environment, where use of diesel-powered equipment is extremely common and airborne pollutants are not easily diluted or removed, diesel particulate matter (DPM) presents a particularly serious occupational health concern because of relatively high exposures. Research under this capacity-building contract focuses on the use of ventilation in controlling DPM levels, particularly in the context of these challenging mining conditions.

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Contract Status & Impact

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The purpose of capacity-building contracts is to help build the capacity of our nation’s workforce to address critical safety and health problems in U.S. mines by producing graduates with advanced degrees in mining and minerals engineering, and to help develop tenure-track faculty performing research in these areas. Applications for these competitive grants are announced as part of NIOSH OMSHR’s Broad Agency Announcements and are submitted by a Principal Investigator at a U.S. institution offering an ABET-accredited undergraduate degree in mining or minerals engineering.

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