Underground mine fire control with inerting systems

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 79, No. 885, 1986

J.P.L. BACHARACH, Vice-President, Mining, Norwest Consultants Ltd., A.L CRAVEN, Manager, Associated Mining Consultants Ltd. D.B. STEWART, Manager, Cape Breton Coal Research Laboratory CANMET, EMR Canada

Inert gas use for underground mine fire control is a well established mature technology in some parts of the world. This paper reviews three candidate inert gases and describes three case histories where inert gas fire fighting technology was used in actual underground fires.
Keywords: Underground mining, Mine fire control, Inerting systems, Coal mines, Gaseous combustion products, Carbon dioxide, Nitrogen, Methane