Reducing Longwall Tailgate Workers' Dust Exposure Utilizing Water- powered Scrubbers.
Organiscak JA; Volkwein JC; Jankowski RA
Proc Soc Min Eng AIME Fall Meeting Salt Lake City Utah, 1983 Oct; :113-118
The Bureau of Mines evaluated a new dust control technique for longwall personnel required to work at the tailgate end of the face. This technique utilizes a water-powered scrubber to clean a portion of the face air, which is discharged behind a brattice partition at the working area. Laboratory simulation of this system in a wind tunnel resulted in average efficiencies greater than 70 pct with system efficiency directly related to scrubber quantity. Underground evaluations indicated a similar direct relationship between scrubber quantity and system efficiency. Gravimetric measurements of respirable dust made during these underground evaluations resulted in average protection efficiencies ranging from 30.7 to 42.5 pct with increasing scrubber air quantity.
Proc. Soc. Min. Eng. AIME Fall Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 19- 21, 1983, PP. 113-118