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Mining Contract: Analysis of Mine Seismicity and Geotechnical Modeling for Improved Safety in Underground Coal Mines

Contract #200-2011-39614
Start Date6/22/2011
Research Concept

Coal bursts, which are a subset of mining-induced seismicity (MIS), clearly present a hazard and result from unusually deep mines, strong roof and floor rock, and topography characterized by steep escarpments and deeply incised canyons. This research advances the science of interpreting the cause of mining-induced seismicity and investigates opportunities for improving safety in Utah’s burst-prone coal mines, which are moving to greater depths and more hostile geologic conditions.

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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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