Mining Publication: Smart Monitoring and Control System Test Apparatus

Original creation date: January 2019

Authors: V Raj, R Jacksha, C Sunderman, C Pritchard

Peer Reviewed Journal Article - April 2019

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20055463

Trans Soc Min Metall Explor 2019 Jan; 344:62-66

In underground metal/nonmetal mines, repeated localized short-term exposure to high levels of airborne contaminants can become a serious health issue. Currently, there are no common mechanisms to control or mitigate these short-term high exposures to contaminants. To improve miners’ health and safety, the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s Spokane Mining Research Division (SMRD) is developing a smart monitoring and control (SMAC) system for the real-time monitoring of mine air quality, with integrated countermeasures to reduce high concentrations of airborne contaminants in localized sections of mines. To develop and test a SMAC system capable of being implemented in an underground mine, SMRD researchers built a test apparatus incorporating a fan, louver, ducting and sensors combined with atmospheric monitoring and control software. This system will institute effective countermeasures to reduce contaminant levels, improving miner safety and health.

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Peer Reviewed Journal Article - April 2019

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20055463

Trans Soc Min Metall Explor 2019 Jan; 344:62-66


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