Estimating the Quartz-Related Fibrogenic Potential of Respirable Coal Mine Dusts
Application of an SEM-based methodology suggests a reason for past contradictory results on the relationship between quartz and coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP). Results indicate that coal seams with the same bulk analysis of quartz may have different amounts of surface-available quartz. Our research shows that the amounts of pure and surface-available quartz in a respirable dust vary directly with the rank of a coal seam, except in the case where rock materials are mined. The estimated amount of surface-available quartz therefore provides a measure of the quartz-related fibrogenic potential of a respirable dust.
R. L. Grayson et al., "Estimating the Quartz-Related Fibrogenic Potential of Respirable Coal Mine Dusts," New Technology in Mine Health and Safety, Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME), Jan 1992.
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