Mine electrical systems, part 1

Thomas Novak, Joseph Sottile, Barry Brusso

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Underground coal mining presents unique challenges for the safe application of electric power distribution and utilization. The power equipment and electric machinery in most industries are located in stationary and permanent facilities and are not subjected to extreme operating conditions. In contrast, coal mining is an ever-changing process in which electrically driven mobile machines continuously advance or retreat as coal is extracted. As a result, power equipment and cables, in addition to the mining machinery, must be moved regularly. The confined spaces and rough floor conditions of mine openings are not conducive to the gentle handling of equipment. Furthermore, the coal mining environment can be dusty, wet, and even explosive.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7181783
Pages (from-to)7-13
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Industry Applications Magazine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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