Mining Contract: Sprinkler Head Emergency Communications
This contract will evaluate a fiber optic sprinkler head emergency communications system to determine if this concept can meet the communication, tracking, mine escape, and rescue requirements of an underground communication system. This system uses a buried fiber optic trunk communications pathway and provides communication through points along the buried trunk. Since only a small portion of the system is exposed, this would minimize damage to the overall system in the event of a mine disaster.
Contract Status & Impact
The contract is complete. To receive a copy of the final report, send a request to OMSHR@cdc.gov.
The contractor completed assembly and lab testing of the hardware detailed in the contract. The contractor worked extensively on the power options needed to provide communication in the event that part of the system is disabled.
The system was tested to see if the remaining infrastructure would stay operational if certain parts of the system are disabled. In addition, the contractor conducted tests to see how much crushing force the cables could withstand. Buried optical fibre cable bedded with crusher dust at a depth of 0.6 m (2 ft) should survive mine vehicle traffic.
- Development of a Uniform Methodology for Evaluating Coal Mine Tracking Systems
- Development of Guidelines for Safely Managing Electrical Equipment and Systems in Underground Mines During Mine Emergencies and Other Abnormal Circumstances
- Emergency Communications and Tracking
- Improvements to Mine Escape Training
- Mine Rescue Training Simulations and Technology
- Mobile Adaptable RF/IT Infrastructure - Experimental (MATRIX)
- Refuge Alternatives in Underground Coal Mines
- Refuge Chamber Deployment and Occupancy Status During Mine Emergency Situations
- System Reliability and Environmental Survivability
- Technology News 543 - Reverse Implementation of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology for Personnel Tracking in Underground Mines
- Page last reviewed: 10/6/2014
- Page last updated: 10/6/2014
- Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Mining Program