Coal is currently the major source of energy for thermal power plants around the globe. It is obtained from surface as well as underground mining. There are a lot of safety concerns in association with underground mines e.g. explosion, mine collapse and health problems due to dust inhalation causing serious respiratory diseases. Mine explosion occurs due to the release of methane from the coal seam and surrounding rock and hence it necessitates a well-designed ventilation system. Unless properly ventilated extended work in mining environment can lead to respiratory diseases, lung cancer etc and therefore a proper and cost-effective dust control strategy has to be in place to prevent these illnesses and eliminate the potential for coal dust explosions.
M3TC has an ongoing project which focuses on simulation of the flow patterns and ventilation performance in underground mines with the goal of minimizing energy consumption and carbon footprint while providing a safe and secure work environment for the miners.