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The principal aim of the project was to investigate the problem of mechanical reliability of components in coal preparation plants, possibly involving the use of new non-metallic materials. Materials used in the trials included ceramics, high density polyethylene, polyurethane, glass tiles, epoxy coating, polyethylene lined steel, rubber and high chrome cast alloy. The main conclusion to be drawn from the project was the high rate of success achieved by the introduction of new materials into environments which had previously been thought of as totally unsuitable. It was clearly demonstrated that with the correct choice of material for a particular application, significant benefits can be achieved especially with regard to frequency of replacement and costs involved. In most cases the use of new materials is initially more expensive than those traditionally employed, but overall these additional costs are offset by the increased operating life achieved.

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Authors: WILLIAMS J L, British Coal Corporation, Nottingham (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 14699 EN (1993) 98 pp., MF, ECU 4
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Record Number: 199310835 / Last updated on: 1994-11-29
Original language: en
Available languages: en