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DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2014/B13/S3.010

AUTOMATED MONITORING AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR METHANE DRAINAGE NETWORKS OPERATED IN JIU VALLEY COLLIERIES

G. B. Babut, R. I. Moraru
Wednesday 1 October 2014 by Libadmin2014

References: 14th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2014, www.sgem.org, SGEM2014 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-09-4 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 19-25, 2014, Book 1, Vol. 3, 71-78 pp

ABSTRACT
Methane drainage networks in Jiu Valley collieries are presently monitored and managed employing hand-based procedures, which does not allow the continuous monitoring of the parameters describing their operation; consequently, decisions are adopted after a certain time span, often a quite long one. In such conditions, optimizing the methane drainage network’s operation is quite a difficult task, while the adjustment procedures are often based on empirically assessed principles and rules, while the characteristic parameters are not monitored and managed in real time. In this context, the paper aims to establish the overall architecture and functions that must achieve an automatic monitoring and management system of methane drainage networks. Also, through the specification and implementation programs have been set some general principles for design and development of such a system, adapted to particularities of collieries within Jiu Valley. The use of surveillance systems and automatic control will improve safety and stability of methane drainage networks used in the Jiu Valley collieries, leading to increase their efficiency and thus reduce the risks associated with the presence of methane in the underground atmosphere of mine workings.

Keywords :coal, methane, drainage network, occupational safety and health