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Explosion-proof bulkheads. Present practices.
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 7581, 1971 Jan; :1-16
This report summarizes experience and past research on methods for sealing abandoned areas of a coal mine and areas from which the pillars have been wholly or partially extracted. The Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969 requires that such areas be ventilated or sealed with explosion-proof bulkheads, but the present study indicates that bulkheads alone cannot isolate areas in a coal mine in which methane and other dangerous gases have accumulated. Gas-air exchanges between sealed and open areas must be controlled.
Mine-gases; Explosions; Explosive-gases; Underground-mining; Mining-industry; Coal-mining; Mine-seals; Engineering-controls; Control-technology; Ventilation; Ventilation-systems; Explosion-prevention; Methane-control; Methane-drainage
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Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 7581
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