Mining Contract: Supplementary Technologies for Advanced Mine Communication Networks
This contract will develop a Universal Signal Evaluation Package for 75- and 150-MHz bands, adapt a passive magnetic amplifier for 900-MHz, and investigate energy harvesting technologies. Prototype devices will be tested in a mine environment, as follows:
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Recording and mapping instruments for 75- and 150-MHz signal bands were delivered to NIOSH along with operation manuals for their use.
A small wind generator has been tested in the laboratory at velocities below six miles per hour and found to generate sufficient power for wireless communication nodes. A Stirling Engine has also been identified which can generate small amounts of power through magnetic induction by using a rare earth permanent magnet and a multiple turn coil.
A wireless access network has been installed in NIOSH's Safety Research Coal Mine to serve as a test bed for evaluating the signal recording and mapping instruments, the prototype energy harvesting, and future passive magnetic amplifier developed under this contract.
- Advanced Tutorial on Wireless Communication and Electronic Tracking: Appendix B
- Communication Systems Research At Bruceton Safety Research Mine
- Development of a Through-the-Earth Monitor System
- Propagation of EM Signals in Underground Mines
- Technical Services for Mine Communications Research: Task A, Task Order No. 1 - Applicability of State-Of-The-Art Voice Bandwidth Compression Techniques for Wireless Mine Communication
- Technology News 544 - New Measurement Tool to Validate Wireless Communications and Tracking Radio Signal Coverage in Mines
- Through-The-Earth Wireless Real-Time Two-Way Voice Communications
- Transmit Antennas for Portable VLF to MF Wireless Mine Communications
- U.S. Bureau of Mines New Developments in Mine Communications
- Underground Mine Communications
- Page last reviewed: 7/18/2016
- Page last updated: 9/25/2014
- Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Mining Program