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.

Meeting Name

12th U.S./North American Mine Ventilation Symposium 2008 (2008: Jun. 9-11, Reno, NV)


Mining Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Air Pollution in Mines; Air Quality; Carcinogens; Mine Ventilating; Underground Travel Routes; Ventilate Exhaust

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Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

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Final Version

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Publication Date

11 Jun 2008