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Development of coal combustion sensitivity tests for smoke detectors.
Edwards JC; Morrow GS
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 9551, 1994 Nov; :1-20
Standard smoldering and flaming combustion tests using small coal samples have been developed by the U.S. Bureau of Mines as a method to evaluate the response of a smoke detector. The test provides a standard, easily reproducible smoke characteristic for coal smoldering and flaming combustion based upon a comparison of the smoke optical density and the response of a standard ionization chamber to the smoke. With these standard tests, the range of threshold limits for the response of a smoke detector and the detector's reliability can be evaluated for nearly identical smoke visibility and smoke physical characteristics. The detector's threshold response limits and reliability need to be well defined prior to the instrument's use as part of a mine fire warning system for improved mine safety.
Coal-mines; Coal-mining; Fire-detection-systems; Fire-hazards; Fire-safety; Laboratory-testing; Mining-equipment; Mining-industry; Sampling-methods; Smoke-detectors; Standards; Warning-devices; Warning-systems
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Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 9551
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