Evaluation of diesel particulate filter systems and biodiesel blends in an underground mine.
Bugarski-AD; Schnakenberg-GH; Noll-JD; Mischler-SE; Crum-MW; Anderson-R
Trans Soc Min Metall Explor 2006 Jan; 318:27-35
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 was 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 test 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-mining; Underground-miners; Mining-equipment; Metal-mining; Diesel-exhausts; Miners; Health-hazards; Occupational-health
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