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Mining Contract: Performance-Based Fire Safety Designs for Self-Escape in Underground Mines

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Contract #200-2009-30766
Start Date8/1/2009
Research Concept

This contract will minimize mine fires through further study of mine fire occurrence and behavior, devise firefighting methods that control and suppress fires, and train graduate students in mine engineering, specifically fire engineering.

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Contract Status & Impact

Every mine contains inflammable materials; these can be mine supplies or the mineral that is being mined. Although great efforts have been made to free mines from such hazards, the possibility of mine fires continues to exist. This contract will work to improve fire safety through the following objectives:

  1. Minimize mine fires through further study of their occurrence and behavior and available methods for prevention and detection.
  2. Devise firefighting methods that include control and suppression to minimize loss of life and economic damage.
  3. Train graduate students in the field of mine engineering, specifically fire engineering.
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