June 2019
Volume 71    Issue 6

Face ventilation on a bleederless longwall panel

Schatzel, S.J.; Gangrade, V.; Addis, J.D.; Hollerich, C.A.; Chasko, L.L.

ABSTRACT:

Full-text paper:
Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (2019) 36:531–539, https://doi.org/10.1007/s42461-019-0049-7

A ventilation study was conducted at a western U.S. coal mine to evaluate the movement of longwall face air and exchanges between the face and worked-out areas to document the presence or absence of face airflow pathways between these locations. This field study was part of a project investigating the effect of longwall face length and caving characteristics on longwall face air behavior and its potential movement on and off of the face. Tracer gas experiments using sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) were done to describe air movement on the face and in the mined-portion of the active panel. Maintaining adequate ventilation air on longwall faces is important for worker safety and for the dilution of methane emitted from the face and caved gob.

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