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Methane control research: summary of results, 1964-80.
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, B 687, 1988 Jan; :1-174
This bulletin summarizes the work conducted under the Bureau of Mines methane control research program during the years 1964 to 1979. This research effort was directed toward improving existing methods and developing alternative methods of reducing the explosion hazard during mining. The research was performed in three general areas: (1) basic factors that control the emission of methane into coal mines, (2) methane control during mining, and (3) methane drainage in advance of mining. Topics discussed in this bulletin include the magnitude of the methane problem; the equipment and instruments developed; the geological, chemical and physical parameters that control the movement of methane in coalbeds; the direct method of determining gas content; the estimates of gas content from adsorption data; and methane drainage through shafts, through horizontal boreholes, through vertical boreholes, or through slant holes. Improvements in ventilation, control of methane in gob areas, and water infusion are also discussed, as is the potential use of coalbed methane as a supplement to natural gas supplies. This bulletin provides a comprehensive source of information on the accomplishments of the Bureau's methane control research program, on the technology developed, and on the direction of further research.
Mine-gases; Flammable-gases; Underground-explosions; Risk; Safety-engineering; Mining-engineering; Air-pollution-control; Mine-ventilation; Physiochemical-properties; Methane; Coal-mining; Underground-mining
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Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, B 687
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