Intrinsically Safe Drone Propulsion System for Underground Coal Mining Applications: Computational and Experimental Studies

Ahmed Aboelezz, David Wetz, Jane Lehr, Pedram Roghanchi, Mostafa Hassanalian

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Abstract

The mining industry has recently shown increased interest in drones for routine activities in underground and surface mines. Designing a drone for coal mines is extremely complicated since the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has tight guidelines for any equipment that can be used in underground coal mines. Due to these criteria, designing a drone for underground coal mining is exceedingly difficult. This paper explores the challenges of creating an intrinsically safe drone propulsion system. To address the challenges of designing an intrinsically safe drone’s propulsion system for an underground coal mine, this work aims to investigate the potential approaches to enhance efficiency and mitigate the heat. The study begins with the drone’s sizing approach before moving on to the experimental setup that is utilized to test the drone’s propulsion system. Finally, answers to numerous issues arising during the inquiry are offered, and these solutions are empirically explored.

Original languageEnglish
Article number44
JournalDrones
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2023

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Keywords

  • coal mine
  • drone
  • heat
  • intrinsically safe
  • permissibility
  • propulsion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Artificial Intelligence

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