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NIOSH mine fire research in the United States.

Authors
Trevits-MA; Yuan-L; Smith-AC; Thimons-ED
Source
Mine Ventilation: Proceedings of the Ninth International Mine Ventilation Congress, New Delhi, India, November 10-13, 2009. Panigrahi DC, ed., New Delhi, India: Oxford & IBH Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd., 2009 Nov; 1:357-366
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
20036215
Abstract
During the time period from 1990-2007, there were 1601 reportable fires that occurred in the U.S. mining industry (an average of 89 fires per year). The leading causes of U.S. mine fires include flame cutting and welding operations, frictional heating and ignitions, electrical shorts, mobile equipment malfunctions, and spontaneous combustion. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is conducting a program of research addressing metal/nonmetal and coal mine fire prevention, detection, management and suppression. In the metal/nonmetal area, work was focused on technology transfer and training, and research to reduce the number of mobile equipment fires and their hazards. In the coal arena, research is underway to determine the root cause of cutting and welding-related fires and to evaluate the effects of ventilation schemes relative to the spontaneous combustion risk in longwall mines. Relative to fire management, research is ongoing on remote mine seal installation and remote mine fire suppression technologies. Finally, research is continuing to develop comprehensive and usable smoke management techniques and to develop mine fire growth models, propagation, and suppression. This paper presents a summary of some of the mine fire research and provides an overview of the next phase of the NIOSH mine fire research program.
Keywords
Coal-dust; Coal-miners; Coal-mining; Coal-workers; Control-technology; Engineering-controls; Equipment-reliability; Fire-hazards; Fire-safety; Longwall-mining; Mine-seals; Mining-industry; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Underground-mining; Welding; Author Keywords: Remote mine sealing; fires; spontaneous Combustion; fire suppression systems; modeling
Contact
Michael A. Trevits, NIOSH - Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070,626 Cochrans Mill Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Publication Date
20091101
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Email Address
mft7@cdc.gov
Editors
Panigrahi-DC
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
9788120417496
NIOSH Division
PRL
Priority Area
Mining
Source Name
Mine Ventilation: Proceedings of the Ninth International Mine Ventilation Congress, New Delhi, India, November 10-13, 2009
State
PA
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