Early fire detection in underground coalmines

Mendham, Frank, Cliff, David, Horberry, Tim and De Kock, Andre (2013). Early fire detection in underground coalmines. In: Proceedings of the 2013 Coal Operators' Conference. 2013 Coal Operators Conference, Wollongong, NSW, Australia, (259-265). 14-15 February, 2013.

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Author Mendham, Frank
Cliff, David
Horberry, Tim
De Kock, Andre
Title of paper Early fire detection in underground coalmines
Conference name 2013 Coal Operators Conference
Conference location Wollongong, NSW, Australia
Conference dates 14-15 February, 2013
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 2013 Coal Operators' Conference
Place of Publication Wollongong, NSW, Australia
Publisher The University of Wollongong
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9781921522833
Start page 259
End page 265
Total pages 7
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Analysis of mine fire growth and spread is important for improving safe emergency egress for mine workers in fires. In fire engineering, a ‘design fire’ is the term that describes the characterisation of a fire in relation to its growth and decay. Defining the design fire is the starting point for managing the fire risk of a mine and is the basis for further analysis of emergency response. A current Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre (MISHC) PhD project is researching methods of improving fire life safety and asset loss control in mining using Video Based Fire Detection (VBFD) in the context of fixed plant fires. Experiments were carried out at Safety in Mines Testing and Research Station (SIMTARS) facilities. This research was part of the MISHC project to better understand the detection capabilities of VBFD in relation to weak plumes from the early combustion of coal associated with fixed plant. This part of the research specifically deals with assessing the physical dimensions and shape of the low energy, non-flaming weak plumes formed from smouldering coal fires. It demonstrates how experimental methods were used to successfully validate the corresponding numerical simulation of the design fire so it can be used for further research.
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