Mining Contract: Development and Demonstration of the Battelle Barrier Survival System
The objective of this contract is to design, test, develop, and demonstrate a prototype for an advanced mine barrier survival system (MBSS). The MBSS must:
Contract Status & Impact
The research is complete. To receive a copy of the final report, send a request to OMSHR@cdc.gov.
During Phase I, the MBSS concept was proven to be viable with respect to barrier design, deployment, and air processing components. Phase II focused on the final design and fabrication of a working MBSS. The system was tested in Battelle's Columbus, Ohio, environmental chamber. The inflatable barrier was shown to be a viable entry sealing barrier and the air processing components were able to provide oxygen and scrub carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and methane. Battelle is currently pursuing commercialization of the MBSS, which will require field testing the prototype in an operating underground coal mine.