Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM3331 - Working Environment and Ventilation (2011)

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MODULE TITLEWorking Environment and Ventilation CREDIT VALUE10
MODULE CODECSM3331 MODULE CONVENERProf Patrick Foster (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated)
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content
AIMS - intentions of the module
The module extends understanding of engineering principles in relation to the environmental conditions that are encountered in the workplace and the application of these principles to the ventilation of underground excavations and surface facilities.
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)
SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module
Working Environment Gases : Types (CH 4, CO, O 2, CO 2, H 2S, N 2), explosive limits & allowable concentrations. Sources: (strata gas, explosives, equipment, oxidation, fires). Detection, Measurement & Control (equipment, methods, methane drainage, dilution) Dust : Anatomy of the respiratory system, biological effects & allowable concentrations. Sources: (excavation, movement of ore & waste, traffic). Measurement & Control (equipment, methods, measures to prevent coal dust explosions) Radon : The Uranium series & radioactive decay including Radon & its daughters. Effects, allowable doses & working levels. Sources: (recoil, diffusion, effect of grade porosity & permeability, growth in working level) Prediction, Measurement & Control (equipment, sampling methods, control methods) Noise & Vibration : Noise in mining, Effects, allowable exposure, Hearing loss & audiometry, vibration white finger. Sources & levels of noise & vibration. Measurement of noise & vibration (equipment, methods, control measures) Heat : Sources of heat in mines & physiological effects of heat. Ventilation Review of steady flow energy equation, thermodynamic diagrams and polytropic processes. UK Statutory Requirements for Mine Ventilation. Mine thermodynamic cycles, natural ventilation energy, thermodynamic efficiency, psychrometric relations for moist air. Frictional energy losses, shock losses, Atkinson’s equation, friction factors and airway resistances. Ventilation networks, equivalent resistances, Hardy Cross iterative solutions to complex networks, computer aided design of ventilation systems. Fans, Euler’s equation, types of fan and fan performance characteristics, definition of fan design pressures. Fan performance connected to ventilation systems (series, parallel, semi-series, semi-parallel), fan laws. Ventilation layouts for mining systems, auxillary ventilation & controlled recirculation. Ventilation economics. Field class at King Edward Mine Thermodynamic cycles for refrigeration equipment (compressors, heat exchangers, evaporators, cooling towers, cooling coils & spray systems).
LEARNING AND TEACHING
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Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities Guided Independent Study Placement / Study Abroad
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ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 20 Written Exams 80 Practical Exams
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DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
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CREDIT VALUE 10 ECTS VALUE 5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES CSM1257
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 3 (NQF Level 6) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 15 December 2011 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 15 December 2011
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