May 2024
Volume 75    Issue 5

Investigating the effects of reverse-osmosis treated water on the corrosion rate of armored-face-conveyor chains in longwall mining

Sul, Jung-Hoon; Probyn, Benjamin; Donnelly, Brendan; Piyathilaka, Lasitha; Jeong, Sanghyun


The chains of armored face conveyor (AFCs) are constantly in contact with water and wet coal, which results in a significant proportion of unplanned downtime experienced on longwall equipment due to corrosion. While reverse osmosis (RO) is one of the most prevalent water treatment methods for reducing salinity and dissolved solids in coal mining, its impact on the corrosion of the AFC chains has not been well studied. This work studies the direct effects of RO water on the corrosion of AFC chains. Immersion tests followed by surface micromorphology analysis and corrosion indices indicate that the RO water increased the corrosion rate of the AFC chains due to the reduced tendency of preventive films on the chains.

Full-text paper:
Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (2023) 40:2193–2204,


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