Experimental and numerical investigation of the effect of integration of a flooded-bed scrubber into a longwall shearer on airflow along a coal mine longwall face

Sampurna Arya, Thomas Novak, Joseph Sottile

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Abstract

Dust control is one of the most difficult challenges for underground coal mine operators, especially longwall mine operators. The most widely used dust control technologies at a longwall section are ventilation air and water sprays, whereas a continuous miner section has the added advantage of having a dust scrubber built into the continuous miner. To test the potential benefits of integrating a flooded-bed scrubber into a longwall shearer, the authors designed and built a dust scrubber system for a full-scale mock-up of a longwall shearer. The mock-up was installed in the longwall test gallery at the Pittsburgh Research Laboratory (PRL) for testing. Air quantity surveys were performed at different cross-sections of the test gallery at a fixed face-air quantity, but at different scrubber airflow rates to quantify the distribution of air in the test gallery. Subsequently, a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model of the PRL test gallery was developed and validated. In this study, the effect of the flooded-bed scrubber on airflow pattern in the test gallery is investigated using the validated CFD model. This model can be used further to predict the dust capture efficiency of the scrubber and to develop new techniques to reduce dust concentration in longwall sections.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3617
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Volume11
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2 2021

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Keywords

  • Coal mining
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Dust control
  • Dust scrubber
  • Flooded-Bed scrubber
  • Longwall shearer
  • Mine ventilation
  • Respirable dust exposure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Instrumentation
  • General Engineering
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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