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Mining Publication: Ventilation Planning Layouts for Large Opening Mines

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Original creation date: February 2004

Image of publication Ventilation Planning Layouts for Large Opening Mines

Stone mines represent the highest percentage of operating underground nonmetal mines in the United States. With the introduction of stricter diesel particulate matter (DPM) regulations, large-opening underground room-and-pillar stone mine operators are faced with implementing one or more alternative methods to reduce concentration levels, including: install and maintain an effective ventilation system, install lower DPM emission diesel engines, and the adding of DPM filters. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is actively researching various aspects of fan and stopping designs in an effort to improve the ventilation of these mines. NIOSH has identified and further developed three alternative methods for use in large-opening underground mines: split-mine, perimeter, and unit-ventilation. This paper describes the implementation of the three methods with respect to their use in mines of various levels of development.

Authors: RB Krog, RH Grau, TP Mucho, SB Robertson

Conference Paper - February 2004

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20024577

2004 SME Annual Meeting, Feb 23-25, Denver, Colorado, preprint 04-187. Littleton, CO: Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., 2004 Feb; :1-9