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The status of mine fire research in the United States.

Authors
Trevits-MA; Yuan-L; Smith-AC; Thimons-ED; Goodman-GVR
Source
Proceedings of the 21st World Mining Congress, September 7-11, 2008, Krakow, Poland. Sobczyk EJ, Kicki J, eds., London: Taylor & Francis Group, 2008 Sep; :303-308
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
20034510
Abstract
During the time period from 1990-2007, 1601 reportable fires occurred in the U.S. mining industry (an average of 89 fires per year). The leading causes of U.S. mine fires were flame cutting and welding operations, frictional heating and ignitions, electrical shorts, mobile equipment malfunctions, and spontaneous combustion. The fact that mine fires continue to occur with an alarming regularity reinforces the importance of recognizing and eliminating the potential hazards and the overall need for improved fire control and suppression technology to ensure the best possible outcome during a mine fire. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is conducting an evolving comprehensive program of research that is addressing mine fire prevention, detection, management and suppression. This paper presents a summary of recent research accomplishments and provides an overview of the next phase of the NIOSH mine fire research program.
Keywords
Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Coal-mining; Mine-fires; Fire-prevention; Fire-fighting; Fire-retardants; Fire-extinguishing-systems
Publication Date
20080901
Document Type
Book or book chapter; Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Editors
Sobczyk-EJ; Kicki-J
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
9780415486675
NIOSH Division
PRL
Priority Area
Mining
Source Name
Proceedings of the 21st World Mining Congress, September 7-11, 2008, Krakow, Poland
State
PA
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