September 2008
Volume 60    Issue 9

Comparison of methods: dynamic versus hydrostatic testing of mine ventilation seals

Mining Engineering , 2008, Vol. 60, No. 9, pp. 147-147
Sapko, M.J.; Harteis, S.P.; Weiss, E.S.


From 2001 to 2007, the Pittsburgh Research Laboratory (PRL) of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducted studies to develop alternative methodologies to full-scale explosion testing for determining the ultimate strength of mine seals. As a result, the PRL developed and proposes an alternative seal-strength evaluation method based on a hydrostatic pressure-loading concept. The researchers suggest pressure loading a seal using water to twice the expected dynamic design load. The hydrostatic chamber test offers a means of validating seal designs, establishing appropriate resistance functions and determining the ultimate strength of seals through testing to failure. This article contrasts the full-scale explosion and hydrostatic testing of mine seals using a simple dynamicsystem model and principles.

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