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Mining Contract: Safety Aspects of Mine Ventilation Through Technical Development and Training

Contract #200-2009-30678
Start Date9/1/2009
Research Concept

Better software code would allow mines to design safer face ventilation systems and give the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) a tool to check and approve a mine’s proposed ventilation plan. This research develops a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code for simulation and design of face ventilation systems along with a three-dimensional model of flow behavior in the longwall gob area.

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Contract Status & Impact

This capacity-building 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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