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Effects of water on coal cutting forces and primary dust distribution.
Minneapolis, MN: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 8993, 1985 Jan; :1-14
Research to evaluate the lubricity effects achieved by spraying water on the cutting bit of a mining machine or spraying water on the coal during cutting has shown that neither practice affects cutting forces, as had been believed. However, when water was supplied to the cutting zone axially through the bit at 3,000 to 5,000 psi pressure, tangential cutting forces were reduced an average of 30 pct at a 1-in depth of cut while normal bit forces were reduced an average of 65 pct. Lower normal forces mean reduced bit wear, faster advance with greater depth of cut, and fewer coal fines.
Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Coal-mining; Coal-dust; Engineering-controls; Control-technology; Mining-equipment; Dust-suppression; Dust-control; Dust-control-equipment
IH; Report of Investigations
Minneapolis, MN: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 8993
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