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Rapid detection and suppression of mining equipment cab fires.

Authors
De Rosa-MI; Litton-CD
Source
Fire Technol 2010 Apr; 46(2):425-435
NIOSHTIC No.
20033062
Abstract
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH/PRL) conducted a series of large-scale experiments to evaluate the effectiveness of optical flame detectors, photoelectric smoke detectors, and combined ionization and photoelectric smoke detectors for rapidly detecting mining equipment cab fires. The detector alarm times were then used to trigger the discharge of a fire inerting system inside the cab to suppress cab material fires. This paper discusses the types of fire detectors tested, the experiments that were conducted, and the results that were obtained. Conclusions are that rapid detection of equipment cab fires can be achieved to trigger the discharge of a fire inerting system inside the cab to protect the operator in the cab.
Keywords
Fire-retardants; Fire-safety; Fire-prevention; Mining-industry; Mining-equipment; Work-environment; Warning-systems; Safety-measures; Safety-equipment; Author Keywords: fires; equipment; detection; suppression; mining; inerting system
Contact
Maria I. De Rosa, Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
CODEN
FITCAA
Publication Date
20100401
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
MGD8@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
0015-2684
NIOSH Division
OMSHR
Priority Area
Mining
Source Name
Fire Technology
State
PA
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