Coal extraction, transport and logistics technology for underground mining.
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9181, 1988 Jan; :1-81
The Bureau of Mines is sponsoring a variety of long-term, high-risk research to advance state-of-the-art technology in U.S. underground coal mining. This report reviews the status of many Bureau projects that support fundamental underground coal mining operations; the project areas include cutting coal from the solid (extraction), hauling coal from the face (transport), and activities that sustain daily operations (logistics). Innovative equipment and technology have been developed, with these major objectives: to significantly improve coal mine productivity, to further advance coal recovery and personal safety within the mining industry, and to reduce the time needed to develop longwall panels. The majority of the prototype equipment covered in this report either has undergone or will undergo comprehensive evaluation at Bureau surface test facilities so that performance and reliability can be improved before the equipment is tested and evaluated in a working section underground.
Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Coal-mining; Extraction; Transportation; Logistics; Safety-engineering; Technology-innovation; Productivity
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Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9181