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A system for breaking down coal by which compressed air, generated locally by a portable compressor at 10,000 psi (69.0 MPa), is used in a releasing cylinder, which is placed in a hole drilled in the coal. Thus, slow breaking results, with no flame, in producing a larger percentage of lump coal than is made by using explosives. Its principal advantage is that it may be used with safety in gaseous and dusty mines. See also: compressed-air blasting
Source: Dictionary of Mining, Mineral, and Related Terms

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