Advanced Mine Ventilation: Respirable Coal Dust, Combustible Gas and Mine Fire Control provides an authoritative review on proven technologies and practices in the field. After an introductory section on mine environment control, the book addresses the essential topics of respirable dust control, methane control and mine fire prevention and control. As underground coal mining involves a higher safety risk than open-cast (surface) mining, worker health and safety is a key concern. Great progress has been made in the past fifty years in key areas, such as the reduction of dust-related diseases in mine workers, methane control, explosion prevention, and mine fire control.
Written by an expert with over forty years' experience in the field, this book is an ideal, comprehensive resource for practitioners and researchers.
- Reviews the three inter-related topics of respirable dust, gas and fire control in underground coal mines in a single volume
- Offers practical guidelines for the development and implementation of appropriate control strategies in underground coal mines
- Draws on the author's forty years of experience in the coal industry
Part 1 Mine environment control 1. Properties of gases in underground coal mine atmospheres 2. Properties of dust particles in underground coal mine air and particle mechanics 3. Ventilation of underground coal mines: methods and computer simulation of ventilation networks
Part 2 Respirable dust control 4. Respirable coal dust control in underground coal mines 5. Silica dust control in underground coal mines 6. Diesel particulate matter control in underground coal mines 7. A strategy to eliminate dust-related diseases in underground coal mines
Part 3 Methane control in coal mines 8. Methane control pre-mining in underground coal mines 9. Methane control post-mining in underground coal mines 10. Gas outbursts in underground coal mines and their control
Part 4 Coal mine fire control 11. Spontaneous combustion of coal in underground mines and its prevention 12. Gas explosions in underground coal mines and their prevention 13. Dust explosions in underground coal mines and their prevention 14. Management of fires in underground coal mines 15. Recovery of sealed underground coal mines after extinction of the fire
Pramod Thakur, PhD is Manager of Coal Seam Degasification at CONSOL Energy in Morgantown, West Virginia.
The three editors of the publication are board members of the North American Coal Bed Methane Forum (NACBMF), and they represent industry, academia and government. Each has more than 25 years of experience in coal bed methane research, field work, and instruction. The NACBMF has organized conferences to advance mine safety and to increase production of coal bed methane as a worldwide energy resource. For 28 years the Forum has provided an opportunity for an exchange of information on coal bed methane research and technology between the public and private sectors. The NACBMF is governed by a Board of Directors and consists of representatives from the coal bed methane industry, coal and gas industries, gas marketing and service industries. The length and breadth of experience embodied in the NACBMF Board of Directors makes this group exceedingly qualified to produce this book.