Mining Product: MFIRE
Original creation date: September 1977
IMPORTANT: If you are using version 3.0 of MFIRE, please download the latest 3.0.30 version. Two unit conversion bugs were found and have been corrected in versions 3.0.20 and later.
MFIRE is a software program for modeling fire and contaminant spread in underground mines.
This is an updated version of the DOS-based MFIRE program originally developed by the U.S. Bureau of Mines. It has been completely rewritten in C++ and packaged into a dynamic link library (DLL). The benefits of this restructuring include:
- Ease of future maintainability and improvement using object-oriented C++.
- Ventilation network data is obtained via common memory instead of the standard MFIRE data output files.
- The MFIRE DLL can be easily used by other programs.
In addition, MFIRE has been restructured to run as a discrete event simulation and now allows user control of execution time. A simple graphical user interface is provided to demonstrate the functions available through the new MFIRE DLL. Extensive documentation on the use and structure of the MFIRE DLL is provided in the built-in help of the simple GUI.
Changes for version 3.0.30:
- The 999 and 9999 Junction number and Branch number limits were removed.
- Corrected crash condition where only 1 atmosphere junction specified.
- Corrected formatting in the Quasi-Equilibrium section of the output.
- Minor updates to the help file.
Changes for version 3.0.20:
- Two units conversion errors were corrected in MFireConvert.h
NOTE: Thanks to Dewald Steyn for identifying and reporting this unit conversion error.
- About dialog for TestApp updated
- Disclaimer text in TestApp and install program updated.
Download the ZIP archive, unpack into a temporary folder and run setup.exe.
Source files for both the simple graphical user interface and the MFIRE library are also available upon request.
Audience: Mining engineers
Software (Windows) - August 2015
MFIRE 3.0.30 executable
- The Critical Ventilation Velocity in Tunnel Fires - A Computer Simulation
- Development and Application of Reservoir Models and Artificial Neural Networks for Optimizing Ventilation Air Requirements in Development Mining of Coal Seams
- Experimental and Modeling Investigation of the Effect of Ventilation on Smoke Rollback in a Mine Entry
- Fire Detection
- Harry’s Hard Choices: Mine Refuge Chamber Training
- MFIRE Users Manual Version 2.20
- Modeling and Prediction of Ventilation Methane Emissions of U.S. Longwall Mines Using Supervised Artificial Neural Networks
- Safety Aspects of Mine Ventilation Through Technical Development and Training
- Specialized Fortran Computer Programming and Analysis Services to Upgrade Capability of MFIRE Program
- Study of Mine Fires and Mine Ventilation: Part I, Computer Simulation of Ventilation Systems Under the Influence of Mine Fires
- Technology News 549 - MFIRE 3.0 - NIOSH Brings MFIRE into 21st Century
- Page last reviewed: 8/12/2015
- Page last updated: 8/12/2015
- Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Mining Program