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Wireless gas sensing in South African underground platinum mines

Wireless gas sensing in South African underground platinum mines

Category
Part of a book/report
Abstract
Approximately 70% of South African mines are classified as fiery, where methane gas potentially could cause explosions. The number of flammable gas reports and accidents are increasing steadily for both gold and platinum mines. However, there is less awareness of the hazards of methane in hard rock mines (gold and platinum) than in coal mines. Currently, there is no wireless real-time gas sensing system used in South African hard rock mines. The main objective of this work is to investigate the possibility of using a wireless gas detector called GS01 in underground mines. Several experiments have been conducted to evaluate the GS01 performance, accuracy and the ability to communicate in underground mines. The results demonstrate the suitability of using GS01 in such harsh environments. A second motivation for the work was to evaluate the performance of wireless communication using different frequencies.
Language
English
Author(s)
  • Abu-Mahfouz A.M.
  • Isaac S.J.
  • Kruger C.P
  • Aakvaag Niels
  • Fismen Britta Matilda Grennberg
Affiliation
  • South Africa
  • SINTEF Digital / Smart Sensor Systems
  • Diverse norske bedrifter og organisasjoner
Year
2014
Published in
IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference : Proceedings
ISSN
1525-3511
Publisher
IEEE conference proceedings
Book
2014 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC)
Booklet
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ISBN
9781479930838
Page(s)
3432 - 3437