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Airborne Respirable Dust Generated During Cutting of Coal With Water Jets.
NTIS: PB 240 846 :19 pages
The Bureau of Mines conducted both laboratory and field investigations to study the effectiveness of medium-pressure (up to 30,000 psi) water jets in controlling the generation of airborne respirable dust during the hydraulic fragmentation of coal. Laboratory studies were conducted at the framington high-energy test site of the Twin Cities Mining Research Center, and field studies were carried out at the Humphrey No. 7 Mine, Mount Morris, Pennsylvania, in the Pittsburgh coalbed. The water jets were produced by commercially available triplex pumps. The dust samples were collected by midget impinger samplers and analyzed by electronic and optical counting techniques. Respirable dust concentration for a full-scale production model was projected at below 2 mg/m3, the maximum exposure allowed by the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969.
IH; Report of Investigations
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS: PB 240 846
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