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RR918 - Mine fire detector

This report describes laboratory and field tests performed on four fire detectors in mine roadways both above and below ground. All four were commercial detectors that were not designed for use in coal mines. The research was jointly sponsored by HSE and UK Coal. The latter providing sites and appropriate instrumentation for the detectors that were supplied by their manufactures.

The objectives of the research were two fold:

  1. To explore the latest technological developments in fire detectors to improve the management of detecting fires at the earliest opportunity.
  2. To evaluate the use of detectors underground based on commercial high-sensitivity smoke and gas sensors having the potential for improved performance over currently used fire detectors.

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Updated 2012-03-20