Mine Real Time DPM Ambient Monitoring


A real time Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM) monitor has been developed on the base of the successful NIOSH Personal Dust Monitor (PDM) unit. The objectives of a recently completed Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP) study has been to finalize the design of a DPM unit, to undertake comprehensive and internationally recognized laboratory testing to evaluate the new design and to undertake an underground series of tests to establish the robustness and reliability of the new approach. Under the project Thermo Fisher Scientific has undertaken structural changes to the PDM to convert it to a DPM real time monitoring underground instrument, the D-PDM. The Pittsburgh Research Laboratories of the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) has undertaken laboratory “calibration or verification” testing. A phase of Australian mine robustness and engineering testing has been undertaken to ensure the instrument can effectively assist mine management to handle this health issue. This paper discusses tests that have been undertaken during Longwall face moves. The paper discusses how the monitors have performed within the underground mine environment in evaluating DPM during the various phases of the face shield moves. They have closely examined the influence of aspects of the mine ventilation system.


Mining Engineering


Australian Coal Association Research Program
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

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DPM; Diesel Particulate Matter Monitor

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Article - Conference proceedings

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Publication Date

01 Oct 2008

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