Location

Rolla, MO

Session Start Date

6-11-1999

Session End Date

6-17-1999

Keywords and Phrases

Environmental; Conditions; Simulation; Software; Ventilation; Cooling; Network; Planning

Abstract

As mining operations progress, ore reserves are depleted and alternative are almost invariably found at increasing depth and a host of attendant difficulties in this regard face· the mine operator. Most significant among these is the control of the increasingly hostile environment encountered at depth in terms of both ground behaviour and the increasing hot environment. To enable the practical and economical design of mine ventilation and cooling systems, ventilation practitioners need effective and efficient tools to perform their duty. One such tool is the Environ 2.5, an interactive network simulation program that allows for the simultaneous simulation of airflow and air thermodynamic behaviour in an underground mine. The program can simulate networks consisting of up to 600 components such as shafts, tunnels, regulators, coolers, stopes etc. to determine optimal designs and future requirements. This paper describes the need for such software, provides a brief overview of the program's functions and operation and highlights the application and benefits of Environ 2. 5.

Department(s)

Mining and Nuclear Engineering

Appears In

U.S. Mine Ventilation Symposium

Meeting Name

8th U.S. Mine Ventilation Symposium

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

6-11-1999

Document Version

Final Version

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Environ 2.5 — A Mine Ventilation and Cooling Network Simulation Tool

Rolla, MO

As mining operations progress, ore reserves are depleted and alternative are almost invariably found at increasing depth and a host of attendant difficulties in this regard face· the mine operator. Most significant among these is the control of the increasingly hostile environment encountered at depth in terms of both ground behaviour and the increasing hot environment. To enable the practical and economical design of mine ventilation and cooling systems, ventilation practitioners need effective and efficient tools to perform their duty. One such tool is the Environ 2.5, an interactive network simulation program that allows for the simultaneous simulation of airflow and air thermodynamic behaviour in an underground mine. The program can simulate networks consisting of up to 600 components such as shafts, tunnels, regulators, coolers, stopes etc. to determine optimal designs and future requirements. This paper describes the need for such software, provides a brief overview of the program's functions and operation and highlights the application and benefits of Environ 2. 5.