The safe operation of diesel-powered equipment in underground mines is predicated on there being sufficient ventilation to dilute the exhaust such that none of the toxicants in the dilute mixture exceed allowable levels. In order to determine the ventilation requirement for an engine, it is necessary to measure levels of the various toxicants in the exhaust. Measurements in the past typically either have excluded nitrogen dioxide or have not provided information on nitrogen dioxide specifically. Primarily this exclusion has resulted from lack of a fast, on-line analytical method. Development of the chemiluminescence analyzer appears now to provide the requisite capability; this instrument has been demonstrated to yield valid information for nitrogen dioxide levels and has been applied in a series of experiments conducted at the Department of Energy's Bartlesville (Okla.) Energy Research Center (BERC). Measurements of nitrogen dioxide in the exhaust from several diesel engines operated over wide ranges in speed and load were made as part of BERC's cooperative program with the U. S. Bureau of Mines. Results of these experiments indicate that nitrogen dioxide concentrations vary from less than 10% to approximately 30% of the total oxides of nitrogen. The nitrogen dioxide fraction was maximum at light load and decreased with increasing engine power. This trend was consistent for all five engines tested. (ERA citation 03:022090)

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    Department of Energy

    Bartlesville Energy Research Center
    Bartlesville, OK  United States  74003
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  • Publication Date: 1978-1

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  • Pagination: 8 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00180618
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 19 1978 12:00AM