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Mining Contract: Investigation of Reduced Order Fire Modeling for Improved Safety and Response in Underground Coal Mines

Contract #200-2014-59669
Start Date9/1/2014
Research Concept

Fire hazards are omnipresent in underground coal mines and remain a serious hazard. Modeling and characterization of mine fire behavior is critical for effective fire monitoring and early warning, evacuation of personnel, rapid response, and successful fire fighting. In order to develop better preventative and mitigating controls, this capacity-building contract will examine new modeling techniques, state-of-the-art fire fighting techniques for application to mine fires, and systematically apply this knowledge for a generalized risk assessment of fires in underground coal mines.

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Contract Status & Impact

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The purpose of capacity-building contracts is to help build the capacity of our nation’s workforce to address critical safety and health problems in U.S. mines by producing graduates with advanced degrees in mining and minerals engineering, and to help develop tenure-track faculty performing research in these areas. Applications for these competitive grants are announced as part of NIOSH OMSHR’s Broad Agency Announcements and are submitted by a Principal Investigator at a U.S. institution offering an ABET-accredited undergraduate degree in mining or minerals engineering.

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