Impact of control parameters on shearer-generated dust levels.
Rider-JP; Colinet-JF; Prokop-AE
Trans Soc Min Metall Explor 2003 Jan; 312:28-34
Previous research on continuous mining operations has shown that significant interactions exist between dust-control parameter application and the resulting respirable dust levels. However, simply increasing the level of the controls does not guarantee a reduction in respirable dust levels. Full-scale laboratory tests are being conducted to provide information to longwall operators that would assist them in selecting control parameters to reduce dust levels for mine-specific conditions. The interactions between face air velocity, shearer water quantity, drum water spray pressure, external water spray pressure and spray system design were evaluated in a simulated 2.13-m (7-ft) coal seam for two cutting directions. Locations around and downwind of the shearer were monitored to evaluate relative changes in respirable dust levels as a function of each control parameter.
Mine-shafts; Mineral-dusts; Respiratory-function-tests; Dusts; Dust-measurement; Mining-industry; Respiratory-system-disorders; Coal-miners; Coal-dust; Coal-mining; Coal-workers-pneumoconiosis; Gravimetric-analysis; Control-technology; Engineering-controls
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