Mining Contract: Mine Escape Vehicle Concept Investigation
This contract will provide a design concept for a Mine Escape Vehicle (MEV) to facilitate rapid escape of mine personnel from an underground coal mine in the case of an emergency including a fire or explosion. The design concept for the vehicle will include subsystem components for the vehicle platform, life support, vision, navigation, and communication.
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This work involved developing a conceptual design for a vehicle that coal miners could use to facilitate their rapid exit from an underground coal mine in an emergency, including a fire or explosion. The Mine Escape Vehicle (MEV) concept is driven by the desire to enable personnel to evacuate a mine rapidly as the first and most desirable response to an emergency. Vehicle requirements include the capacity to provide life support functions for a number of miners, operate in an oxygen-deficient, low- or no-visibility atmosphere, and travel at speeds faster than miners can walk out of a mine. Three primary tasks were identified:
- Develop a realistic concept of operations (CONOPS) and associated requirements for the vehicle, including subsystems for the vehicle platform, life support, communications, vision, and navigation.
- Identify and evaluate currently available equipment and technologies that could be applied to address the CONOPS.
- Develop a design concept integrating the identified components for the five MEV subsystems to provide the foundation for subsequent detailed engineering design and prototype construction, both of which lie outside the scope of the contract.
The MEV design concept is centered upon retrofitting an existing mine personnel carrier chassis with available, mine-worthy equipment capable of addressing the MEV requirements. This approach offers a practical and economic avenue for prototype development and delivery with minimum lead time and risk. Furthermore, by integrating familiar and available equipment into the design and CONOPS, the resulting Mine Escape Vehicle should also be more readily accepted by the mining industry.
- Behavioral and Organizational Dimensions of Underground Mine Fires
- Decision Making During a Simulated Mine Fire Escape
- Development and Testing of a Mine Escape Vehicle (MEV)
- Emergency Escape and Refuge Alternatives
- Harry’s Hard Choices: Mine Refuge Chamber Training
- Mine Escape Vehicle Technology Retrofit Demonstration
- Probability of Making a Successful Mine Escape While Wearing a Self-Contained Self-Rescuer
- Safety Concerns Associated With the Use of Electrically Powered Haulage to Remove Workers from Mines During Main Fan Stoppages
- Underground Vehicle Guidance Technology Refinement
- When Do You Take Refuge? Decisionmaking During Mine Emergency Escape
- Page last reviewed: 11/16/2016
- Page last updated: 11/16/2016
- Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Mining Program