Mining Contract: Ventilation of Deep Open Pit Mines with Special Reference to Air Inversion in Arctic or Subarctic Regions
This contract will evaluate and enhance the atmospheric health and safety conditions in open pit mines, with special reference to air inversion in arctic or subarctic regions, as well as increase the number of personnel trained in mine ventilation.
Contract Status & Impact
To evaluate and enhance the atmospheric health and safety conditions in open pit mines, with special reference to air inversion in arctic or subarctic regions, this contract has the following specific objectives:
- Analyze and categorize the technical aspects of the inversion problem.
- Develop the computational fluid dynamic (CFD) model incorporating the unique aspects of air inversion problems.
- Collect data in mines and validate the model.
- Apply the model to study various remedial measures for removing the pollutants from the mine, including
- Fan application.
- Imparting heat to the system (chimney effects).
- A truck-mounted fan-duct system.
- Cascade ventilation.
To increase the number of personnel trained in mine ventilation, the following specific objectives apply:
- Train a number of graduate students in advanced mine ventilation studies. At least two PhD and two MS students will complete their degrees in mine ventilation.
- Engage and involve a number of undergraduate students in data collection and mine air sampling.
- Train and involve several operating engineers from the mines in data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
- Transfer technology through presentations at the operating mines and professional meetings.