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Demonstration of a Dust Control System for Boom-type Roadheader.

Burnett M; Pokora RJ; Muldoon TL
NTIS: PB/82-143199 :54 pages
This program was initiated by the Bureau of Mines to quantify the respirable dust problem caused by the use of roadheaders in underground metal-nonmetal mines with special emphasis on this problem in uranium mines. The objective was to develop methods or equipment to alleviate respirable dust and to implement a solution in a mine. Attempts to quantify the dust problem were made by a survey of MSHA records, a survey of state mine enforcement agencies, a survey of mine records, and dust measurements taken at two mines using roadheaders. The results are not conclusive because of limited and sometimes less than useful data; however, the study does indicate that a serious dust problem could and may exist. The report discusses the available data concerning respirable dust problems and presents a solution that can potentially help to solve the problem. The solution requires the use of blowing ventilation, onboard dust extraction at the source, filtration, and continued use of water sprays.
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CP; Final Contract Report;
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OFR 150-81
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NTIS: PB/82-143199
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Foster-Miller Assoc., Inc.
Page last reviewed: October 29, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division