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Feasibility of Automated Rail Haulage Systems in Underground Coal Mines.

Dolecki EA; Ryan PT
NTIS: PB/253-106 Available for Reference At Bureau Libraries :332 pages
This report outlines the base for the development and evaluation of automated rail-haulage systems in terms of the service requirements for haulage systems in underground coal mines, and of the performance of existing haulage systems. A generalized automated rail-haulage system concept is defined. A safety impact analysis of automating the mainline portion of the underground system indicates a 50% reduction in injuries and fatalities. A cost effectiveness (over the total life cycle) study for the system indicates a cost benefit can be obtained from implementing an automated rail system. The design specifications for the total automated rail-haulage system--including subsystems and components--are developed, and the equipment types and general design approaches evaluated, with selections outlined. A detailed conceptual design for a prototype automated system is described. Conclusions and recommendations are presented, as well as a program plan devised for implementing a prototype automated rail-haulage system demonstrated in an operating underground coal mine by 1980.
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CP; Final Contract Report;
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OFR 63-76
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NTIS: PB/253-106 Available for Reference At Bureau Libraries
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General Electric Company
Page last reviewed: October 29, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division