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Intensification of airing of deep open-pit diamond mine by tornado-like vortices

The conditions for airing the open pit mine become more deteriorate by an increase of the final depth of open-pit mining. A seasonal winter drop of atmospheric air temperature at the Far North is steadily accompanied by an increase of the gas contamination of the working locations and progressively leads to unwanted downtime of mining. One of the alternative and promising brainchild for solving the problem of ventilation of deep open pits can be the use of natural meteorological factors in combination with the potential ability of artificially created tornado-like vortex currents. The issues of creating conditions for a controlled local tornado in the space of a funnel-shaped open pit, typical for the diamond mining, are important for scientific and practical reasons for solving the problems of reducing gas and dust pollution in stagnant zones of the deep open pit mine. The set task of improving the ventilation efficiency in the volume of space of the deep open pit is considered from the standpoint of two sides of opposite positions: from the side of the surface — the most efficient guide and use of natural wind flows to lower the natural air ventilation boundary, and from the side of the pit bottom — to provide a controlled upward vortex ventilation flow for the release of polluted air into zone of reach of natural wind ventilation streams. Technical solutions are proposed, the joint work of which together provides an increase in the efficiency of ventilation of the most polluted horizons in the lower part of the open pit by creating and ensuring the stability of a vertical vortex ventilation column, the geometric and dynamic parameters of which can be monitored and controlled

Keywords: open pit mine, diamond deposit, gaseous contaminants, open pit ventilation, vortex flows, whirlwind, tornado.
For citation:

Kovlekov I. I. Intensification of airing of deep open-pit diamond mine by tornado-like vortices. MIAB. Mining Inf. Anal. Bull. 2022;(5—2):124—135. [In Russ]. DOI: 10.25018/0236_1493_2022_52_0_124.

Issue number: 5
Year: 2022
Page number: 124-135
ISBN: 0236-1493
UDK: 622.4
DOI: 10.25018/0236_1493_2022_52_0_124
Article receipt date: 29.09.2021
Date of review receipt: 01.03.2022
Date of the editorial board′s decision on the article′s publishing: 10.04.2022
About authors:

Kovlekov I. I., Dr. Sci. (Eng.), professor,, Mining Institute, M. K. Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University, Yakutsk, 677000, 58 Belinsky str., Russia, e-mail:

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