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Coal mine air tempering: effectiveness, design, and roof support.

Sames GP
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 8955, 1985 Jan; :1-15
Shale roof deterioration in coal mines, caused by ventilation air humidity fluctuations, is a common ground control problem. Shale roof deterioration often results in increased accidents, decreased production, inadequate ventilation, and increasing operating costs in maintaining haulage roads and airways. The results of Bureau of Mines research indicate that air tempering entries are an effective method of controlling deterioration prone shales. Some of the conclusions and recommendations drawn from Bureau research include (1) moisture sensitive shales will react adversely to moisture gains and losses, (2) the majority effect of specific humidity fluctuations can be concentrated in and absorbed by tempering entries, (3) tempering entry panels should be located as near to the main intake as possible, (4) tempering panels should be designed for a conservative recovery and provide a minimum of 20- to 30- min air residence time, (5) ventilation and escapeway requirements must be considered early in panel design, and (6) an efficient support and sealant plan can increase the life expectancy of a tempering panel.
Coal mines; Coal mining; Ground control; Ventilation; Humidity; Air flow
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RI 8955
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Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 8955
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