Mining Contract: Safety, Health, and Ventilation Cost Benefit Optimization with Simulation and Control
This contract will apply a new mine ventilation and contaminant transport model for deep and hot underground mines and provide education for its use in an effort to decrease injury risks; improve working conditions; meet occupational, environmental, and health standards; and reduce costs to stay competitive.
Contract Status & Impact
This contract will contribute to the solution of ventilation tasks in deep and hot underground mines by (1) introducing and applying a new mine ventilation and contaminant transport model and (2) educating students and technical professionals on its use. The main research hypothesis is that the design and operation of ventilation and climatization can be significantly improved with the new simulation tool. The contractor will follow a work plan to prove this and transfer the new technology to operating mines.
Specific objectives are as follows:
- Improve the underground working conditions against ever increasing occupational, environmental and health standards with better ventilation design and control.
- Decrease the risk of injuries with better preparation using model simulations and planning.
- Remain competitive by reducing the cost of ventilation and air cooling through better design and control.
- Educate the next generation of ventilation system operators, designers and developers.
- Distribute the knowledge and technology through workshops, publications, and by introducing a new mine ventilation and climate software to the mining industry and the engineering community.
The contractor will introduce a new mine ventilation and contaminant transport model for the coupled simulation of mine ventilation, climate, air quality and contaminant transport. The new model and software will be used throughout research exercises and in undergraduate and graduate education.