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Using Handheld Infrared Imagers to Locate Miners in Smoke-filled Mine Openings.
NTIS: PB 241 203 :11 pages
Two infrared imagers, both with a 3- to 5-um spectral range, were tested in a smoke-filled opening to determine their capability to "see through smoke." A mine opening 75 meters long was filled with coal smoke. A fire in a smoke generator and two men were used as targets. The men were detected and identified at 75 meters. Tests were discontinued on the fire because the instruments were saturated with the fire at 25 meters, indicating that fire could be detected at much greater distances. Because of their ability to "see through smoke," infrared imagers should be useful during rescue operations in smoke-filled mines.
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NTIS: PB 241 203
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division