Technology for the early detection and warning of impending underground mine roof

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2R44OH009679-02
Agency Tracking Number: R44OH009679
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: NIOSH
Solicitation Number: PA10-050
Small Business Information
DUNS: 014163248
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 (412) 521-4950
Business Contact
Phone: (412) 521-4950
Research Institution
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This project is designed to research and develop means for the early detection of impending roof falls in underground mines and means for alerting maintenance crews to take proactive action to prevent disaster, therebysaving lives and preventing injuries to miners. This will be achieved by detecting structural changes in the roof infrastructure and providing an alarm signal when a critical level of damage, that requires maintenance attention, has occurred. For the long-range program, the objective is to provide a system that produces an audible alarm in the maintenance office as soon as the damage to the structure has occurred, and displays on a video screen the location where the problem exists in a pattern that specifies the degree of infrastructure weakening that took place. The purpose of phase II is to produce an MSHA approved prototype ready for reduction to a product suitable for mass production and commercialization. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: The most prevalent cause of fatalities in underground mines is roof fall. Roof falls also cause thousands of injuries every year. There are about 2000 roof falls annually in the U.S. This project is designed to devise means for the early detection of impending roof falls and provide alarms to alert maintenance crews to take proactive action to prevent disasters.

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