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

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

State-of-the-art mine fire modeling and simulation are needed to allow installation of effective suppression and detection systems and the design of effective firefighting and evacuation strategies. This research will further study mine fire occurrence and behavior and devise firefighting methods to better control and suppress fires in underground mines.

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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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