Designing and modeling wireless mesh communications in underground coal mines

K. R. Griffin, S. J. Schafrik, M. E. Karmis

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9 Scopus citations


New and developing communication systems enable underground miners to not only connect to the surface from an increased communication coverage area but also to be discovered in the event of an emergency. Communication and tracking systems are required by MSHA regulations, aiming to enhance health and safety and routine production in underground operations. Modeling a mine's potential communication coverage area will increase overall coverage and efficiency of the communication network itself. Modeling the propagation of wireless communications enables ideal broadcast locations to be found when designing a communications network. Strategic placement of broadcast devices results in a reliable communication network that can better withstand disruption in both daily operation and emergencies. This paper will discuss recent regulatory developments in underground coal communication systems, the implementation of these new technologies, and how communication system's networks can be modeled and analyzed using computer simulations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSME Annual Meeting and Exhibit 2010
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2010
EventSME Annual Meeting and Exhibit 2010 - Phoenix, AZ, United States
Duration: Feb 28 2010Mar 3 2010

Publication series

NameSME Annual Meeting and Exhibit 2010


ConferenceSME Annual Meeting and Exhibit 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhoenix, AZ

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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