One of the ventilation projects currently underway includes incorporating a dust scrubber into the design of a longwall shearer. By collaborating with engineers at Joy Global, the research staff at NIOSH, and mine management, our team is taking an idea from conceptual development, to CFD modeling, and finally to full scale prototyping of a 56’ long shearer. CFD modeling of the concept indicates dust capture efficiency as high as 90% at the leading drum, which will lead to a healthier and more productive working environment at the mine. The project is led by Dr. Wedding.
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