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Timko-RJ; Johnson-BV; Thimons-ED
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9108, 1986 Jan; :1-11
Water-jet-assisted cutting involves the use of a mechanical cutting bit in combination with a high-pressure water jet directed just in front of the bit tip. Such a jet can offer benefits in terms of improved cutting, reduced dust and fines, and improved bit wear. The Bureau of Mines, through a contract with the British National Coal Board, has researched the use of water-jet-assisted cutting on roadheaders. After several engineering design problems were overcome, this program led to the successful underground testing of these roadheaders. Today, more than 60 water-jet-assisted roadheaders are in operation around the world, and numerous others are on order. This paper details the evolution of these machines and the benefits to be gained by their use.
Room-and-pillar-mining; Tunneling-machines; Underground-mining; Piston-pumps; Mining; Rock-extraction; Hydraulic-jets; Mining-equipment; Mineral-industries; Hydraulic-and-pneumatic-equipment
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Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9108
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