The Use of Oil Refinery Wastes as a Dust Suppression Surfactant for Use in Mining

Dixon-Hardy D. W. , Beyhan S., Ediz I. G. , ERARSLAN K.

ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE, cilt.25, sa.8, ss.1189-1195, 2008 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 25 Konu: 8
  • Basım Tarihi: 2008
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1089/ees.2007.0177
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1189-1195


In this research, the suitability of a selection of petroleum refinery wastes as a dust suppressant were examined. Dust is a significant problem in surface and underground mining mainly because of its adverse effects on human health and machinery. Hence, dust control and suppression is a vital part of mine planning for mining engineers. Water is the oldest and the cheapest suppressant in dealing with the mine dusts. However, surfactant use has recently been used for a wider range of applications in the mining industry. In order to carry out laboratory experiments, a dust chamber was designed and manufactured. The chamber has an inlet for coal dust entrance and a nozzle for spraying water and the oil refinery wastes. Water and the surfactants were mixed at various ratios and then sprayed onto the coal dusts within the cell. Dust concentration was measured systematically to determine the effects of surfactant containing solution on the coal dust and the data obtained by the measurements were analyzed. The results showed that the oil refinery wastes could be used as a dust suppressant, which may create an economical utilization for the wastes concerned.