Mining Publication: Floor Dust Erosion During Early Stages of Coal Dust Explosion Development

Original creation date: January 2020

Authors: M Harris, M Sapko

Peer Reviewed Journal Article - December 2019

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20057399

Int J Min Sci Technol 2019 Dec; 29(6):825-830

An ignition of methane and air can generate enough air flow to raise mixtures of combustible coal and rock dust. The expanding high temperature combustion products ignite the suspended dust mixture and will continue to propagate following the available combustible fuel supply. If the concentration of the dispersed rock dust is sufficient, the flame will stop propagating. Large-scale explosion tests were conducted within the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Lake Lynn Experimental Mine (LLEM) to measure the dynamic pressure history and the post-explosion dust scour depth. The aim of this effort is to provide quantitative data on depth of dust removal during the early stages of explosion development and its relationship to the depth of floor dust collected for assessing the incombustible content most likely to participate in the combustion process. This experimental work on dust removal on is not only important for coal mine safety but also for industrial dust explosions.

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Peer Reviewed Journal Article - December 2019

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20057399

Int J Min Sci Technol 2019 Dec; 29(6):825-830


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