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Measurements and simulations of face ventilation effectiveness for large diesel equipment.
Thimons ED; Brechtel CE
Diesels in underground mines. Proceedings: Bureau of Mines Technology Transfer Seminar, Louisville, Kentucky, April 21, 1987, and Denver, Colorado, April 23, 1987. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9141, 1987 Apr; :66-71
Providing adequate airflow to effectively dilute and remove diesel pollutants in large mine working headings is a little researched area. A simulated diesel mucking operation was carried out in the Exxon Colony Pilot Mine in Colorado to establish expected levels of diesel pollutants in dead-ended working headings. This heading was nominally 50 ft wide by 30 ft high. Two face ventilation systems were tested using sulfur hexafluoride tracer gas to represent the diesel pollutants. The results of these tests showed that conventional face ventilation systems operating at high flow rates could adequately ventilate diesel equipment in the 600- to 700-hp range, even in a 300-ft-long dead heading.
Diesel emissions; Diesel engines; Diesel exhausts; Mining; Mining industry; Underground mines; Underground mining; Motor vehicles; Ventilation systems; Ventilation
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Diesels in underground mines. Proceedings: Bureau of Mines Technology Transfer Seminar, Louisville, Kentucky, April 21, 1987, and Denver, Colorado, April 23, 1987
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