Mining Publication: Effects of Mine Strata Thermal Behavior and Mine Initial Temperatures on Mobile Refuge Alternative Temperature

Original creation date: April 2017

Peer Reviewed Journal Article - April 2017

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20049624

Min Eng 2017 Apr; 69(4):41-48

The model was used to examine the effects of the constant mine strata temperature assumption, initial mine air temperature, initial mine strata surface temperature (MSST), initial mine strata temperature at depth (MSTD) and mine strata thermal behavior on RA internal air temperature using 117 W (400 Btu/h) of sensible heat input per simulated miner. For the studied RA, when the mine strata temperature was treated as a constant, the final predicted RA internal air temperature was 7.1 degrees C (12.8 degrees F) lower than it was when the mine strata thermal behavior was included in the model. A 5.6 degrees C (10 degrees F) increase in the initial MSST resulted in a 3.9 degrees C (7.1 degrees F) increase in the final RA internal air temperature, whereas a 5.6 degrees C (10 degrees F) increase in the initial MSTD yielded a 1.4 degrees C (2.5 degrees F) increase in the final RA internal air temperature. The results indicate that mine strata temperature increases and mine strata initial temperatures must be accounted for in the physical testing or thermal simulations of RAs.

Authors: DS Yantek, L Yan, P Bissert, MD Klein

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Peer Reviewed Journal Article - April 2017

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20049624

Min Eng 2017 Apr; 69(4):41-48


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