Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM) is considered carcinogenic after prolonged exposure. With increasing use of diesel-powered mining equipment in underground mines, miner's exposure to DPM has been increasing. Most studies on the issue has been DPM control measures with few studies on diesel exhaust propagation patterns after leaving the tailpipes. This study uses computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to investigate the airflow pattern in an underground metal/nonmetal mine for a single heading. Several high DPM concentration areas are identified in the study and common practices for compliance are suggested. Airflow and DPM distribution are compared between blowing and exhausting face ventilation systems. Suggestions are also provided for the protection of miners in the face area.
Y. Zheng and J. C. Tien, "DPM Dispersion Study Using CFD for Underground Metal / Nonmetal Mines," Proceedings of the 12th U.S./North American Mine Ventilation Symposium (2008, Reno, NV), pp. 487 - 493, Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME), Jun 2008.
12th U.S./North American Mine Ventilation Symposium 2008 (2008: Jun. 9-11, Reno, NV)
Keywords and Phrases
Air Pollution in Mines; Air Quality; Carcinogens; Mine Ventilating; Underground Travel Routes; Ventilate Exhaust
International Standard Book Number (ISBN)
Article - Conference proceedings
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11 Jun 2008