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Controlling ventilation for safe escape from coal mine fires

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Abstract

If a fire occurs outby an underground coal mine section, the immediate safe evacuation of miners from the working section should always take precedence. Unfortunately, in many cases, the dedicated escapeway (escape routes) for the evacuation of the miners become contaminated by the byproducts of fire from the adjacent entries. The purpose of this paper is to present the ventilation-control process that would keep the escapeway free from contaminants and, thus, available for travel. A few scenarios of mine fires in longwall development panels are analysed and discussed. To perform these studies, a mine-fire simulator (MFS) was used. This (MFS) provides a dynamic representation of the fire`s progress (in real time) and gives a color-graphic visualization of the spready of oxygen, combustion products and temperature of the gases throughout the ventilation system. Also presented and discussed are ways in which the MFS can be used as a training and teaching tool for miners and particularly, for ventilation and safety specialists. 7 refs., 10 figs.
Authors:
Wala, A M [1] 
  1. University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (United States). Mining Engineering Dept.
Publication Date:
Apr 01, 1966
Product Type:
Journal Article
Reference Number:
SCA: 012034; 012033; 016000; PA: CLA-96:070284; EDB-96:091075; SN: 96001604349
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Mining Engineering; Journal Volume: 48; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: PBD: Apr 1966
Subject:
01 COAL, LIGNITE, AND PEAT; VENTILATION SYSTEMS; FIRES; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; UNDERGROUND MINING; CONTROL; COAL MINES; COMPUTER GRAPHICS; DISPLAY DEVICES; LONGWALL MINING; TRAINING; EDUCATION; OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY; CARBON MONOXIDE; GAS FLOW
OSTI ID:
240677
Country of Origin:
United States
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: MIENAB; ISSN 0026-5187; TRN: 960700284
Submitting Site:
CLA
Size:
pp. 61-66
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Citation Formats

Wala, A M. Controlling ventilation for safe escape from coal mine fires. United States: N. p., 1966. Web.
Wala, A M. Controlling ventilation for safe escape from coal mine fires. United States.
Wala, A M. 1966. "Controlling ventilation for safe escape from coal mine fires." United States.
@misc{etde_240677,
title = {Controlling ventilation for safe escape from coal mine fires}
author = {Wala, A M}
abstractNote = {If a fire occurs outby an underground coal mine section, the immediate safe evacuation of miners from the working section should always take precedence. Unfortunately, in many cases, the dedicated escapeway (escape routes) for the evacuation of the miners become contaminated by the byproducts of fire from the adjacent entries. The purpose of this paper is to present the ventilation-control process that would keep the escapeway free from contaminants and, thus, available for travel. A few scenarios of mine fires in longwall development panels are analysed and discussed. To perform these studies, a mine-fire simulator (MFS) was used. This (MFS) provides a dynamic representation of the fire`s progress (in real time) and gives a color-graphic visualization of the spready of oxygen, combustion products and temperature of the gases throughout the ventilation system. Also presented and discussed are ways in which the MFS can be used as a training and teaching tool for miners and particularly, for ventilation and safety specialists. 7 refs., 10 figs.}
journal = {Mining Engineering}
issue = {4}
volume = {48}
journal type = {AC}
place = {United States}
year = {1966}
month = {Apr}
}