Testing and sampling requirements for input to spontaneous combustion risk assessment

Beamish, B. and Beamish, R. (2012). Testing and sampling requirements for input to spontaneous combustion risk assessment. In: Basil Beamish and Duncan Chalmers, Australian Mine Ventilation Conference 2011. Australian Mine Ventilation Conference 2011, Sydney, Australia, (15-21). 5-6 September 2011.

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Author Beamish, B.
Beamish, R.
Title of paper Testing and sampling requirements for input to spontaneous combustion risk assessment
Conference name Australian Mine Ventilation Conference 2011
Conference location Sydney, Australia
Conference dates 5-6 September 2011
Proceedings title Australian Mine Ventilation Conference 2011
Place of Publication Carlton, Vic., Australia
Publisher Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9781921522628
Editor Basil Beamish
Duncan Chalmers
Start page 15
End page 21
Total pages 7
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract/Summary All underground coal mines in Australia are required to develop a Spontaneous Combustion Management Plan (SCMP). The New South Wales Government has developed a guideline (MDG1006) to assist operations to comply with this requirement. A reference document is also supplied with the guideline that describes the type of information that is needed for input to the plan, including identifying possible tests that can be used for propensity assessment. However, there is no clear indication of what p rogram of sampling and testing is sufficient to provide a definitive assessment of spontaneous combustion propensity prior to and during mining. This paper reviews the existing methods available for quantifying spontaneous combustion propensity and discusses the sampling requirements that are needed from exploration to mining. A new, more definitive method of spontaneous combustion tes ting is also presented that benchmarks coal self-heating performance from mine ambient temperature to thermal runaway. Examples of the effectiveness of this new test method for identifying and quantifying reactive pyrite in coal as well as quantifying the difference between dry and wet season conditions are provided in the paper.
Keyword Risk assessment
Spontaneous combustion
Mines and mineral resources
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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