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Automatic fire protection for mobile underground mining equipment.
To improve productivity and cut costs, modern underground mining operations have become more mechanized. This mechanization has increased the usage of fuels, hydraulics, and electrical equipment associated with diesel-powered vehicles, thereby also increasing the hazards of underground mine fires. The Bureau of Mines evaluated the fire hazard problem and assembled prototype components for a system that would automatically sense and extinguish fires on mobile underground equipment. The prototype system and alternative designs were in-mine tested and proved effective. This report summarizes this technology, which can cost effectively help solve the problem of fire hazards on underground vehicles.
Mining-industry; Mining-equipment; Underground-mining; Fire-hazards; Fire-protection; Mine-fires; Fire-extinguishing-systems; Equipment-design
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Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division