Application of fault tree analysis to coal spontaneous combustion

Beamish, Basil, Sutherland, Tony, Coull, Michael, Walker, David, Day, Gary, Shales, Craig, Cracker, Roger, Rowland, John and Smith, John (2010). Application of fault tree analysis to coal spontaneous combustion. In: Naj Aziz and Jan Nemcik, Proceedings of the 10th Underground Coal Operators Conference. COAL 2010: 10th Underground Coal Operators' Conference, The University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia, (269-274). 11-12 February, 2010.

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Author Beamish, Basil
Sutherland, Tony
Coull, Michael
Walker, David
Day, Gary
Shales, Craig
Cracker, Roger
Rowland, John
Smith, John
Title of paper Application of fault tree analysis to coal spontaneous combustion
Conference name COAL 2010: 10th Underground Coal Operators' Conference
Conference location The University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia
Conference dates 11-12 February, 2010
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 10th Underground Coal Operators Conference
Place of Publication The University of Wollongong Printery
Publisher The University of Wollongong
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9781921522161
Editor Naj Aziz
Jan Nemcik
Start page 269
End page 274
Total pages 6
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Fault tree analysis is a powerful risk assessment tool for identifying root causes of an unwanted event that can then be managed with appropriate control measures. This method has been applied to the analysis of a spontaneous combustion event for the five year mine plan of the new Abel Mine, Newcastle, Australia. A team of people with diverse backgrounds provided input to the analysis, which was facilitated by a risk management consultant. The team consisted of the Technical Services Manager – Underground Operations, the Project Manager, The Undermanager, the Ventilation Officer, a Mining Technician and Fire Officer (representing the underground operators), a ventilation consultant and a coal spontaneous combustion expert. The resulting fault tree has provided the mine with a clear set of controls that can be incorporated into a spontaneous combustion management plan. This approach sets a new benchmark for the coal industry and produces a generic model that is robust enough to be transferable to any mine by adjustment of the site specific parameters. Some of the branches of the fault tree will be presented in this paper to raise the awareness of the coal industry to the comprehensive nature of this approach to risk management.
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Paper 316.

 
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