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Flammability of wider conveyor belts using large-scale fire tests.

Authors
Rowland-JH III; Smith-AC
Source
2010 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit, February 28 - March 3, Phoenix, Arizona, Preprint 10-206. Littleton, CO: Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., 2010 Feb; :1-6
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NIOSHTIC No.
20036464
Abstract
The Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 (MINER ACT) established a Technical Study Panel (The Panel) to provide recommendations on the utilization of belt air and new technology that may be available for increasing the fire resistance properties of conveyor belt used in underground coal mines. The Panel Report recommended use of the Belt Evaluation Laboratory Test (BELT) as the method for testing and approval of flame resistant conveyor belts used in underground coal mines. The research conducted to establish the correlation of the BELT with large-scale belt fire flammability tests was done using 36- to 42-in wide conveyor belt. Due to today's coal haulage capacity, the mining industry is using 72-in and wider conveyor belts. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducted a study to determine if the BELT will also qualify wider belts as fire resistant for use in underground coal mines. This paper describes the results of recent experiments comparing results from using the BELT and the large-scale tests for six different belts.
Keywords
Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Coal-mining; Engineering-controls; Mining-equipment; Analytical-processes; Fire-prevention; Fire-resistant-materials; Laboratory-testing
Publication Date
20100228
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
NIOSH Division
OMSHR
Priority Area
Mining
Source Name
2010 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit, February 28 - March 3, Phoenix, Arizona, Preprint 10-206
State
PA; AZ
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