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Optically powered remote gas monitor.
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 9558, 1995 Jan; :1-8
Many mines rely on toxic gas sensors to help maintain a safe and healthy work environment. This report describes a prototype monitoring system developed by the U.S. Bureau of Mines (USBM) that uses light to power and communicate with several remote toxic gas sensors. The design is based on state-of-the-art optical-to-electrical power converters, solid-state diode lasers, and fiber optics. This design overcomes several problems associated with conventional wire-based systems by providing complete electrical isolation between the remote sensors and the central monitor. The prototype performed well during a 2-week field trial in the USBM Pittsburgh Research Center Safety Research Coal Mine.
Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Monitoring-systems; Monitors; Toxic-gases
NIOSH, Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
10102-44-0; 7446-09-5; 630-08-0
Report of Investigations
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Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 9558
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