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Shearer Mounted Dust Collector; Evaluation of Ventilated Cutting Drums.

Kelly JS; Muldoon TL
Available for Reference At Bureau Libraries :50 pages
This report describes the development and the underground evaluation of ventilated cutting drums, on a double ended ranging drum shearer. The ventilated drum uses high pressure (1,500 psi) water sprays to draw air (3,500 cfm) through 12 airmoving tubes mounted in the drum hub. The sprays draw dusty air from the face side of the drum, scrub the air, and discharge the clean air on the gob side of the drum against a deflector plate. During a 3-week underground evaluation, the cutting drums reduced shearer generated dust levels at the shearer operators position by 40%, at the shield operators downwind of the shearer by 55%, and at the tailgate by 55%. Cutting and loading performance of the drums were superior to the mine's conventional drums. After the evaluation, the mine continued to use the ventilated drums to finish mining the panel. During this 3 month period, there were no mechanical or seal failures demonstrating excellent system reliability.
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OFR 16-88
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Foster-Miller, Inc.
Page last reviewed: November 19, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division