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Mining Feature: NIOSH Refuge Alternative Partnership Meeting


Friday, September 30, 2016

NIOSH Mining’s Pittsburgh location will host the second Refuge Alternatives Partnership Meeting at the Bruceton Research Center on October 19 from 7:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. An RSVP is required in advance.

Agenda topics include updates on contamination ingress and purging research, door research, heat and humidity research, and communications research, as well as many others. There will be times designated for open discussion and questions with the researchers.

Those wishing to attend may come to the Bruceton Research Center, 626 Cochrans Mill Rd., Bldg. 140, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Please plan to bring government-issued ID to show to gate security, who will match information with the approved guest list.

Please RSVP to Amber Klemetti or call her at 412-386-6742. Ms. Klemetti can offer more specific details.

Meeting Agenda:

NIOSH Pittsburgh Mining Research Division presentation and guest speakers

Time                                                   Topic

7:15 to 8:00 a.m.                         Arrival and sign-in

8:00 to 8:10 a.m.                         Welcome and introductions

8:10 to 8:30 a.m.                         BIP contamination ingress & purging research

8:30 to 8:45 a.m.                         BIP stopping & door research

8:45 to 9:05 a.m.                         Heat & humidity, mine air and mine strata temperature field data

9:05 to 9:20 a.m.                         Break

9:20 to 9:45 a.m.                         Miner heat input for RA testing and simulation

9:45 to 10:10 a.m.                      Miner thermal response and max occupancy

10:10 to 10:35 a.m.                   Thermal simulation tool for RAs

10:35 to 10:50 a.m.                    Break

10:50 to 11:15 a.m.                    Battery-powered A/C system for RAs

11:15 to 11:40 a.m.                    Cryogenic air supply for RAs

11:40 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.         Protected compressed air lines

12:05 to 12:30 p.m.                   San Juan Mine BIP RA

12:30 to 1:00 a.m.                      Lunch on site

1:00 to 1:50 p.m.                         Open discussion of RA issues/concerns     

1:50 to 2:00 p.m.                         Break

MSHA Forum

Time                                                   Topic

2:00 to 2:30 p.m.                         Overview of 2018 RA structural component requirements

2:30 to 3:15 p.m.                         Impacts of structural approvals - What these mean to the mine operator (refits of tent, derating, etc.)

3:15 to 3:35 p.m.                         Charting path forward

3:35 to 4:00 p.m.                         Open discussion and questions/answers