Pneumatic Mine Dust Sampling Instrument
Kamran Bakhsh, Sean McDaniel, Tyler Rockley,
Benjamin Goertz, and Juergen Brune
Summary: A hand-held coal and rock dust sampling devise suited to collect consistent mine
dust samples
Description: Mine dust in underground coal mines is potentially explosive and must be sampled
regularly. Samples are then analyzed in the laboratory to confirm that there are at least 80%
inert components in the sample to prevent devastating coal dust explosions. A hand-held coal
and rock dust sampling devise suited to collect consistent dust samples off of the mine floor,
ribs, and roof as well as other surfaces where mine dust settles has been designed and tested.
The advantage of this sampling method, over current pan and brush methods, is that the devise
mimics the dust entrainment process that happens in an explosion. Thus, the samples that are
collected are more representative of the portion of mine dust that would be scoured up during
an explosion.
Main Advantages of this Invention
 Provides more representative mine dust samples
 Samples can be collected from elevated, inclined, vertical, and inverted surfaces
Potential Areas of Application
 Coal mining
Stage of Development: laboratory tested prototype
Intel ectual Property Status: US provisional patent filed.
ID number: 15034
Opportunity: We are seeking an exclusive or non-exclusive licensee for marketing,
manufacturing, and sale of this technology.
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For more information contact:
William Vaughan, Director of Technology Transfer
Colorado School of Mines, 1500 Illinois Street, Guggenheim Hall Suite 314, Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303-384-2555; e-mail: wvaughan@mines.edu