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The Use of Booster Fans in Underground Coal Mines.

Calizaya F; McPherson MJ; Mousset-Jones P
For Reference Only At Bureau Libraries :122 pages
This study describes the principles involved in the design of a booster fan installation, the basic requirements, and the provisions needed to guarantee safe operation of the unit. It also describes how a booster fan should be selected and what measures should be taken so that events such as uncontrolled recirculation of air in a mine can be avoided. A computer program called mfselect is presented to assist the ventilation engineer in the design process. For a given mine ventilation network, the program determines the duties of fans and regulators that will fulfill the airflow requirements of a mine and minimize the total power comsumption. The application of the program is illustrated by the detailed solution of a sample problem. A case study based on the Jim Walter Resources' No. 7 Mine is utlized to describe the basic requirements for the design and operation of booster fans and illustrate their potential benefits in mine ventilation. Finally, the study discusses a process control system designed to evaluate the safety conditions in the mine and report on the status of both surface fans and underground booster fans.
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CP; Final Contract Report;
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OFR 13-90
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For Reference Only At Bureau Libraries
Performing Organization
Univ. of CA. - Berkeley
Page last reviewed: November 26, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division