Gas Sensors for Early Detection of Fire Hazards Caused by Vehicles in Underground Mines

Madeleine Martinsen
ABB Industrial Automation, Industrial PhD student at MDH, Västerås Sweden

Erik Dahlquist
MDH, Mälardalens University MDH, Västerås Sweden

Anders Lönnermark
RISE, Swedish Research Institute, Borås Sweden

Örjan Säker
Epiroc, Rocktec Automation Epiroc Rock Drills AB, Örebro Sweden

Ladda ner artikelhttps://doi.org/10.3384/ecp2017085

Ingår i: Proceedings of The 60th SIMS Conference on Simulation and Modelling SIMS 2019, August 12-16, Västerås, Sweden

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 170:13, s. 85-90

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Publicerad: 2020-01-24

ISBN: 978-91-7929-897-5

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


Sensors play a key role today and have been developed to be used in many applications that can be life critical as with fire alarms, for instance. When mines now start investing in information systems and information technology infrastructure, they have taken one step closer to digitization. This in turn creates opportunities for the mines to become completely autonomous in the future. Controlling, monitoring and planning such production requires new digitized solutions. Part of such a solution could for example be to mount different types of sensors in the mining process. Data gathering from sensors with diagnostics supported by predefined set-points enables early alarms allowing production personnel to react before a fire is a fact. This paper describes the conducted experimental study aiming at identifying risk for fire caused by mining vehicles in underground mines. The test result shows that some types of sensors have potential to early detect fire hazards.


fire, underground mines, early diagnose, gas sensors, overheating, ventilation


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