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Evaluation of the drum friction test for determining the fire resistance of conveyor belts.

Authors
Rowland-JH III; Smith-AC
Source
SME Annual Meeting & Exhibit and CMA 113th National Western Mining Conference 2011, 28 February - 2 March 2011, Denver, Colorado, USA. Littleton, CO: Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., 2011 Aug; :189-194
NIOSHTIC No.
20040397
Abstract
The Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 (MINER Act) amended the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 to improve the safety of mines. The MINER Act established a Technical Study Panel (the Panel) to provide independent scientific and engineering review and recommendations with respect to the utilization of belt air and the composition and fire retardant materials in underground coal mining (1). Because frictional heating is a common cause of belt fires, the Panel recommended that the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) evaluate the drum friction test to determine if such a test would contribute to conveyor belt safety beyond that provided by the Belt Evaluation Laboratory Test (BELT). This paper compares the results of the drum friction test to results from the BELT and large-scale tests for six different conveyor belts. The results are used to evaluate the drum friction test as a method to determine the fire resistance of conveyor belts.
Keywords
Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Coal-mining; Safety-engineering; Safety-practices; Engineering; Mining-equipment; Air-flow; Air-monitoring; Mine-fires; Fire-hazards; Fire-prevention; Fire-resistant-materials; Fire-retardants; Testing-equipment
Publication Date
20110801
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Fiscal Year
2011
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
9781617829727
NIOSH Division
OMSHR
Priority Area
Mining
Source Name
SME Annual Meeting & Exhibit and CMA 113th National Western Mining Conference 2011, 28 February - 2 March 2011, Denver, Colorado, USA
State
PA; CO
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