A quantitative approach to engineering fire life safety in modern underground coal mines

Mendham, Frank, Cliff, David and Horberry, Tim (2012). A quantitative approach to engineering fire life safety in modern underground coal mines. In: Naj Aziz, Bob Kininmonth, Jan Nemick and Ting Ren, Proceedings of the 2012 Coal Operators' Conference. 2012 Coal Operators' Conference, Wollongong, NSW, Australia, (327-335). 16-17 February 2012.

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Author Mendham, Frank
Cliff, David
Horberry, Tim
Title of paper A quantitative approach to engineering fire life safety in modern underground coal mines
Conference name 2012 Coal Operators' Conference
Conference location Wollongong, NSW, Australia
Conference dates 16-17 February 2012
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 2012 Coal Operators' Conference
Journal name Proceedings of the 2012 Coal Operators' Conference
Place of Publication Wollongong, Australia
Publisher The University of Wollongong Printery
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9781921522574
Editor Naj Aziz
Bob Kininmonth
Jan Nemick
Ting Ren
Start page 327
End page 335
Total pages 9
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Emerging from a history of „blanket approach‟ prescriptive fire protection design, underground coal mining is rapidly embracing fire life safety analysis techniques that have been successfully used in performance-based fire engineering in the built environment.

In Australia, the leading practice fire engineering approach is to apply the International Fire Engineering Guidelines (ABCB 2005) and its methods as a design assessment framework. This approach has recently been used to quantify the performance of mine fire detection and therefore control of fire spread, paving the way for improvements in mine fire intervention and mine worker escape.

This paper presents a method of early fire detection using closed circuit television cameras and video analysis software associated with fixed plant fires leading to increased available safe evacuation time compared with contemporary point type fire detectors and gas monitoring sensors.

Successful pilot tests of the fire detection technology have been carried out in simulated mine conditions. A quantified and scientifically informed risk-based approach, offering improvements in mine fire rescue intervention and evacuation methodologies was achieved.
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