Authors: Lihong Zhou; Yi Luo
Addresses: Department of Mining Engineering, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506, USA. ' Department of Mining Engineering, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506, USA
Abstract: MFIRE, a mine fire simulation program, is a very useful tool for fire prevention planning, fire control, and training in underground mines. However, all of its fire source models are stationary, which are incapable of simulating a moving fire such as a conveyor belt fire. In this paper, a moving fire source model which can be used to represent a conveyor belt fire is defined and incorporated into the MFIRE program for the first time. An illustrative case study has demonstrated that the upgraded MFIRE is capable of simulating a moving fire.
Keywords: mine fires; fire simulation; moving fire source; conveyor belt fires; mining; fire prevention planning; fire control; training; underground mines; moving fires.
International Journal of Mining and Mineral Engineering, 2011 Vol.3 No.2, pp.141 - 151
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