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Initial study of buried communication cable for underground mines.
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, Contract J0308037, 1982 Feb; :1-71
The objective of this project was to perform a preliminary study to determine the desirability/practicality of burying the communication cables in underground mines in order to protect then from the effects of fires and explosions. We conducted discussions with Government and industry specialists on the physics of mine fires and explosions, mine disaster fighting, rescue, and investigation activities, and on nine operations. In addition, we examined published experimental work and selected detailed NSHA accident reports on fires and explosions in underground mines. We found the overall desirability /practicality of cable burial must be regarded at this time as highly questionable, because of its benefit limitations to special sceneries, its practical operational shortcomings, and the availability of alternative cable protection options.
Mining-industry; Mining-equipment; Underground-mining; Mine-fires; Mine-disasters
Final Contract Report
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, Contract J0308037
Arthur D. Little, Inc.
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