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TitlePIsStart DateShort DescriptionProgram Areas
Coal Mine Safety Applications of Seismic MonitoringPeter L. Swanson10/1/2010The objective of the project is to implement in-mine seismic monitoring techniques in coal mines to evaluate and demonstrate potential mine safety benefits of this technology.
Continuous Monitoring of Airflow and Methane in Coal MinesAnu L. Martikainen10/1/2011A project to develop guidelines to assess ventilation effectiveness in underground coal mines using improved sampling protocols and defining optimal instrument locations for continuous-reading airflow and methane monitors.
Development of Guidelines for the Design of Support Systems to Manage Coal Mine Rib HazardsTristan Jones10/1/2011A project to develop guidelines for determining the appropriate level of support and design methods for support systems to minimize the risk and severity of injuries to miners from rib falls in underground coal mines. 
Empirical Guidelines for Longwall Ground Control DesignTed. M. Klemetti10/1/2010This project is designed to update the database of case histories upon which the Analysis of Longwall Pillar Stability (ALPS) software bases its recommended stability factors. Variables impacting successful pillar design will be re-evaluated.
Engineering Design for Mine Fire Prevention and Atmospheric Monitoring SystemsLiming Yuan10/1/2011The purpose of the project is to develop engineering data to improve understanding of mine fires and their interactions with mine ventilation networks, atmospheric monitoring systems, and fire detection and suppression systems.
Engineering Noise Controls for Longwall Mining SystemsHugo E. Camargo10/1/2009A project to develop and implement engineering noise controls to reduce noise overexposure caused by longwall mining systems, which will help to reduce noise-induced hearing loss in mine workers.
Improved Dust Control Methods for Longwall MiningJames P. Rider10/1/2010The purpose of this research program is to develop control technologies that will reduce the most common sources of respirable dust on the longwall face, which will in turn protect the health of mine workers on the longwall face.
Investigation of Enhanced Refuge AlternativesEric R. Bauer6/1/2011A project to develop the knowledge, understanding, and technologies necessary to provide mine workers with the most survivable, post-disaster refuge alternatives.
Mine Roof Simulator (MRS) LaboratoryDavid F. Gearhart10/25/2007A project  to utilize the capabilities of the Mine Roof Simulator (MRS) Laboratory to test underground roof support and ventilation structures and apply these results to engineer safer products and applications.
Noise Controls for Jumbo Drills Used in Metal/Nonmetal MinesJ. Shawn Peterson10/1/2013A project to engineer noise controls to reduce the sound levels generated by jumbo drills. The effectiveness of these noise controls will be evaluated in a laboratory as well as an underground setting to assess the reduction in worker exposure.
Reducing Silica and Other Respirable Dust Exposures in the Metal/Nonmetal Mining IndustryAndrew B. Cecala10/1/2010A project to develop and evaluate control technology to reduce metal/nonmetal mine worker’s exposure to silica and other respirable dust and contaminants in metal/nonmetal mines and mills, including surface and underground operations.
Respirable Dust Control Methods on Continuous Mining OperationsJohn A. Organiscak10/1/2010This project will develop and evaluate control technologies to reduce respirable dust exposures for operators of roof bolters and continuous mining machines.
Support Design Procedures for Difficult Ground ConditionsEssie Esterhuizen10/1/2009A project to develop engineering guidelines for support design that will reduce groundfall fatalities under supported roof in underground coal mines.
Virtual Reality to Train and Assess Emergency RespondersLauna G. Mallett12/1/2011A project to determine optimal use of virtual reality (VR) technologies for training and assessing mine emergency responders.
TitlePIsStart DateShort DescriptionProgram Areas
An Analysis of Health and Safety Management Systems in MiningDana Reinke Willmer7/1/2011The objective of this one year pilot study is to identify leading indicators in health and safety management practices unique to the mining industry through a sample of U.S. mining organizations.
Assessing the Safety Culture of Coal MiningCarin Kosmoski10/1/2008This project will involve working with a consultant, Human Performance Analysis, to assess the safety culture at U.S. coal mines. Eight underground mines will be studied, and safety and health recommendations will be made.   
Battery Safety Enhancements for Underground Coal MinesThomas H. Dubaniewicz3/1/2011A project to make recommendations and guide policy or program decisions regarding the safety of batteries used in underground coal mines.
Calibration and Verification of Longwall Stress ModelsJeffrey K. Whyatt10/1/2010This project addresses the paucity of guidance in available literature for assessing the design an underground longwall coal mine for safe ground response to mining with numerical stress analysis tools.
Control Technologies and Strategies for Reducing Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel EmissionsAleksandar Bugarski10/1/2009To reduce exposures of underground miners to diesel particulate matter and gases through implementation of control technologies and better understanding of the risks associated with workers' exposure to diesel engine emissions.
Develop and Evaluate Engineering Noise Controls for Air Carbon Arc Cutting and GougingMelissa J. Lowe10/1/2010A project to develop and evaluate noise controls and alternatives toward reducing sound pressure levels and personal noise exposures from air carbon arcing applications in the mining industry to below permissible exposure limit.
Development and Evaluation of Prototype Kneepads for the Low-Seam Mining IndustryJonisha P. Pollard10/1/2009A project to reduce the likelihood of knee injuries in low-seam coal miners through a systematic approach that includes the development of guidelines for improved personal protective equipment and interventions.
Engineering Noise Controls for Haul Trucks and Load Haul Dumps (LHD’s)J. Shawn Peterson10/1/2009A project to develop, evaluate, and implement engineering controls to reduce noise over-exposures among haul truck and LHD operators.
Enhanced Utilization of Personal Dust Monitor FeedbackKelly McNelis10/1/2011A project to test an intervention to help miners use Personal Dust Monitor feedback more effectively to reduce their exposure to respirable coal mine dust.
Evaluation and Development of Hearing Loss InterventionsAmanda S. Azman10/1/2009A project to improve the effectiveness of hearing loss prevention interventions through development, refinement, promotion, and long term evaluation.
Evaluation of LIDAR as a Novel Remote Dust Sensing TechnologyGerald J. Joy10/1/2011A project to evaluate the feasibility of using Light Detection And Ranging (LIDAR), a remote sensing technology based on laser reflection, as a dust monitoring tool in the mining industry.
Identification of Areas at Risk for Coal Bursts in Deep Cover Room and Pillar MinesTed M. Klemetti10/1/2010A project that will focus on defining the geologic and stress criteria associated with an elevated risk of coal bursts and will consider both U.S. and international experience through visits to coalfields.
Improved Ventilation Effectiveness in Underground Coal MinesRobert B. Krog10/1/2010A project to enhance worker safety by decreasing the likelihood of explosions that are produced by hazardous underground methane concentrations.
Improvements to Mine Escape TrainingRobert H. Peters10/1/2009The purpose of this project is to ensure that suitable information exists for properly training underground coal miners on appropriate procedures for escaping from dangerous situations such as fires, explosions, and inundations.
Improving Coal Dust Explosion Hazard Assessment StrategiesMarcia L. Harris10/1/2010A project to eliminate disasters from dust explosions within coal mines through improved explosive coal dust sampling, analysis protocols, and better education of MSHA inspectors and the mining workforce.
Improving Underground Coal Mine Sealing StrategiesRichard Karl Zipf2/13/2008This project seeks to eliminate disasters from gas explosions within sealed areas of coal mines through improved engineering of the complete sealing process and better education of the mining workforce.
Intelligent Safety Technologies for Mining MachineryJoe Ducarme10/1/2010The project will investigate the implementation and integration of existing and emerging technologies in surface and underground mines to provide automatic, intelligent protections against traumatic injuries.
Particulate Measurement and Characterization in MiningEmanuele G.. Cauda10/1/2009A project to develop innovative instruments and methodologies for real-time measurement of respirable mineral aerosols and diesel particulate matter aerosols.
Respirable Dust Control for Surface MinesWilliam R. Reed10/1/2008A project to reduce respirable silica dust exposure in surface mines through improved understanding of dust generation and transport, improvement of current control technologies, and development of new control technologies.
Underground Coal, Metal, and Nonmetal Mine Illumination Systems for Improving Miner Visual PerformanceJohn J. Sammarco10/1/2009A project to improve mine illumination such that a mine worker's visual performance improves to better recognize slip/trip/fall hazards and pinning/striking hazards from moving machinery.
Ventilation to Control Contaminants in Metal/NonMetal Mining OperationsChris Pritchard10/1/2010This project will deliver practices, methodologies, and strategies to the industry to improve ventilation effectiveness in underground metal/nonmetal (M/NM) operations to increase control of airborne contaminants in deep mines.
 
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