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Mining Publication: Mine Fire Detection in the Presence of Diesel Emissions

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Original creation date: October 1999

Image of publication Mine Fire Detection in the Presence of Diesel Emissions

A series of four coal combustion experiments was conducted at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Pittsburgh Research Laboratory in the Safety Research Coal Mine to evaluate the response of optical and ionization smoke and CO sensors to a small 0.61 m square smoldering coal fire which transitions to flaming combustion in the presence of diesel emissions. With the increased utilization of diesel engines in underground coal mines, it is important to be able to discriminate fire products-of-combustion (POC) from diesel emissions. One proposed method to accomplish this is the deployment and interpretation of multiple sensors.

Authors: JC Edwards, RA Franks, GF Friel, CP Lazzara, JJ Opferman

Conference Paper - October 1999

Chemical and Physical Process of Combustion. The Fall Technical Meeting of the Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute (Oct 10-13, 1999; Raleigh, NC), North Carolina State University; :89-92