Skip directly to local search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to navigation Skip directly to site content Skip directly to page options
CDC Home

Mining Publication: NIOSH-Sponsored Research in Through-the-Earth Communications for Mines: A Status Report

Original creation date: September 2012

Screen shot of first page of journal article

This paper presents the results of recent contractual research sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health that aimed at demonstrating the feasibility of through-the-earth (TTE) wireless communication in mining. TTE systems, developed by five different contractors, are discussed with a focus on technical approach, prototype hardware, and field test results. System features include both magnetic and electric field sensing, loop and line antennas, digital and analog processing, noise filtering and cancelation, and direction finding. The systems were demonstrated at commercial mine sites. The results of these tests are characterized by transmission range and power levels. This paper concludes with a discussion of issues that remain to be resolved as TTE communications are implemented. These include text versus voice format, acceptable time delays, portability, ease of deployment, an interface with existing communications systems, permissibility, and the effect of geological variations.

Authors: MR Yenchek, GT Homce, NW Damiano, JR Srednicki

Peer Reviewed Journal ArticleSeptember - 2012

  • Adobe Acrobat - Portable Document Format (.PDF)

    0.62 MB

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20041537

IEEE Trans Ind Appl 2012 Sep-Oct; 48(5):1700-1707

Contact Us:
  • Office of Mine Safety and Health (OMSHR)
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • 800-CDC-INFO
    TTY: (888) 232-6348
  • New Hours of Operation
    8am-8pm ET/Monday-Friday
    Closed Holidays
  • The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   1600 Clifton Road Atlanta, GA 30329-4027, USA
800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - Contact CDC–INFO
A-Z Index
  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D
  5. E
  6. F
  7. G
  8. H
  9. I
  10. J
  11. K
  12. L
  13. M
  14. N
  15. O
  16. P
  17. Q
  18. R
  19. S
  20. T
  21. U
  22. V
  23. W
  24. X
  25. Y
  26. Z
  27. #