Evaluation of diesel particulate filter systems and biodiesel blends in an underground mine.
Bugarski-A; Schnakenberg-GH; Noll-JD; Mischler-S; Crum-MW; Anderson-R
2004 SME Annual Meeting, Feb 23-25, Denver, Colorado, Preprint 04-24. Littleton, CO: Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., 2004 Feb; :1-13
Diesel particulate filter (DPF) systems and biodiesel fuels are two of the most promising technologies available to the mining industry to reduce the exposure of underground miners to diesel particulate matter (DPM). A study has been conducted to estimate the potential of DPF systems and biodiesel blends to reduce DPM emissions from production vehicles. Results of testing three DPF systems in an isolated zone showed 88% to 99% reductions in elemental carbon concentrations. The results also show that biodiesel blends, B20 and B50, reduced the elemental carbon concentrations in the mine air by 26% and 48%, respectively.
Diesel-emissions; Filters; Mining-industry; Underground-miners; Underground-mining; Mining-equipment; Metal-mining; Diesel-exhausts
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Research Tools and Approaches: Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment
2004 SME Annual Meeting, Feb 23-25, Denver, Colorado, Preprint 04-24