Mining Publication: Remotely Installed Mine Seals for Mine Fire Control
Mine fires are one of the greatest threats to the health and safety of underground workers. Each event has the potential for disastrous consequences. Of the major mine fires and thermal events that have occurred in the United States in the last 6 years, it is estimated that remotely installed seals could have been used in 63% of the events to control fire growth or to aid in fire suppression. NIOSH is conducting full-scale tests at its Lake Lynn Experimental Mine to evaluate and improve remote mine seal construction technology. The main focus of this work is to develop reliable technology that will completely close the mine opening from floor to roof and from rib to rib. This paper presents the results of remote seal installations using grout-based materials.