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U.S. Mine Ventilation Symposium

Early Warning; Fire Detection; Discriminating; Diesel Engine; Carbon Monoxide; Nitric Oxide; Ambient; Alarms

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Evaluation Of Discriminating Fire Sensors In Two Underground Coal Mines, William J. Francart Jun 1999

Evaluation Of Discriminating Fire Sensors In Two Underground Coal Mines, William J. Francart

U.S. Mine Ventilation Symposium

Fire detection in underground coal mines using carbon monoxide (CO) based monitoring systems has been very effective in many mines. Many systems have been able to detect fires in early stages of development at very low CO levels. However in mines which use extensive diesel haulage and support vehicles, the systems have been less sensitive to early detection due to diesel exhaust contaminants elevating baseline CO levels. A new technology has been tested in two underground coal mines which is designed to discriminate between the CO produced by diesel engines and CO from a fire by correcting the CO concentration ...