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Mining Product: MCP - Methane Control and Prediction

Original creation date: July 2009

MCP screen shot

MCP is a software program that addresses some of the methane and methane control issues in longwall coal mines in the U.S. and other countries.

The download file is a self-extracting executable which will automatically run a setup program. The installation computer should have Microsoft Access® 2003 or later installed.

MCP was developed to address some of the methane and methane control issues in longwall coal mines in the U.S. and other countries. MCP 2.0 is an update to previous versions 1.2 and 1.3 and contains the following two main software model categories:

  1. ancillary models
    • total gas content prediction for coals
    • desorbable gas content prediction for coals
    • coal measure rock mechanical properties prediction
  2. methane prediction models

MCP 2.0 offers two sets of methane prediction models:

  1. Models for Specific U.S. Conditions, which directly relate to specific U.S. longwall mining conditions and to the mining operations in specific states, and
  2. Models for Other U.S./International Conditions, which are applicable to "other U.S." conditions and also to international projects.

These models have both deterministic and stochastic options to allow better control of design parameters. The application of these modules, separately or in combination, for methane-capture and -control-related problems will help improve safety of mines, provide guidance for effective ventilation practices, and help identify opportunities for capturing and utilizing methane, which is an important energy source and a potent greenhouse gas.

Authors: C Karacan

Audience: Mining engineers, mine ventilation engineers or professionals, CBM/CMM/VAM producers and project developers, natural gas engineers, and academia of related disciplines

Software (Windows) - September 2010

Version: 2.0

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20038036

Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2010 Sep

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