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Use of Steam to Control Respirable Coal Dust At the Point of Generation.
Strazisar-AJ; Stein-RL; Tomb-TF
NTIS: PB 209 576 :8 pages
The Bureau of Mines conducted a laboratory investigation to study the effectiveness of low-pressure steam and water spray in suppressing respirable dust at the tips of a saw-type cutting wheel. Suppression efficiencies were found to be proportional to the amount of the water or steam applied at the cutter tips. For equivalent water output rates, a maximum efficiency of approximately 80 percent was reached for both steam and water spray. Results from the steam and water spray tests showed an increase in suppression efficiency with an increase in particle size of 1 to 8 micrometers. The data indicate no advantages for using steam as a dust suppressant.
IH; Report of Investigations
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS: PB 209 576
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