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Mining Contract: Assessing, Modeling, and Cooling Underground Workings in Deep and Hot Mines

Contract #211-2014-59722
Start Date9/1/2014
Research Concept

As U.S. mines become deeper, the underground workforce is becoming increasingly exposed to hot and humid environments. Deep and hot underground mines pose serious health and safety hazards such as heat stress induced illnesses along with physical and psychological impairments. Research under this capacity-building contract will provide innovative solutions to promote development of novel climatic management and control techniques, improving the safety and health conditions for all miners in the U.S.

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Contract Status & Impact

This contract is ongoing.

The purpose of capacity-building contracts is to help build the capacity of our nation’s workforce to address critical safety and health problems in U.S. mines by producing graduates with advanced degrees in mining and minerals engineering, and to help develop tenure-track faculty performing research in these areas. Applications for these competitive grants are announced as part of NIOSH OMSHR’s Broad Agency Announcements and are submitted by a Principal Investigator at a U.S. institution offering an ABET-accredited undergraduate degree in mining or minerals engineering.

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