Mining Contract: Utilization of Booster Fans in Underground Coal Mines

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Contract # 200-2009-30328
Start Date 9/1/2009
End Date 8/31/2014
Research Concept

The high-pressure fans currently used in mines can be unsafe, but booster fans can be used to overcome these adverse conditions. This contract will research the use of booster fans in deep coal mines, where coal seams can have over 3,000 feet of overburden, causing ventilation and ground control problems.

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