Verification of a roof bolter simulation model.
Bartels-JR; Kwitowski-AJ; Ambrose-DH
SAE Technical Paper 2003-01-2217 :1-7
This paper presents the results of an effort to verify a simulation designed to investigate the safe speed range for the vertical movement of roof bolter boom arm to reduce worker injuries in underground coal mines. Results of lab investigations are being used to (1) determine input parameters unique to the mining environment and needed to develop a credible, computer-based, human-machine interactive model, (2) confirm that the model would accurately represent operator movements and positions while performing tasks relative to the roof bolter, and (3) determine which aspects of the procedure being simulated are most critical if hazard predictions are to be made from simulations using valid models of operators' behaviors and varying the machine appendage speed.
Injuries; Underground-mining; Coal-mining; Roof-bolters; Simulation; Models; Computer-software
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Research Tools and Approaches: Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment
Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc., Technical Paper 2003-01-2217