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Mine Fire, Ventilation and Explosion Modelling

exploCFD brings a new level of precision to blast analysis

At Advanced Analysis, we are at the forefront of providing cutting-edge Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solutions for mine, fire and explosion modeling. Our expertise in CFD is unrivaled, and we have successfully assisted mining and industrial clients in enhancing safety protocols and mitigating potential risks. Understanding the dynamic nature of underground environments and the complex interactions between gases, dust, and heat is paramount to preventing catastrophic events. 

Our team of dedicated engineers and scientists possesses an in-depth knowledge of CFD principles and a wealth of experience in simulating and analyzing mine fire and explosion scenarios. Through our customized CFD models, we can simulate the dispersion of hazardous and flammable gases, assess the impact of various ventilation strategies, model consequences of fires and explosions, and evaluate the effectiveness of safety measures. By harnessing the power of CFD, we can provide our clients with comprehensive insights into potential hazards, allowing them to optimize safety procedures, design ventilation systems, and develop emergency response plans with confidence. 

Sequenced ANFO explosion below an underground ventilation shaft

Utilizing CFD for mining fire and explosion modeling offers a multitude of benefits over simpler, rule-of-thumb models. While basic models can provide a general understanding of ventilation, fire, explosion and dispersion patterns, CFD takes simulation and analysis to a whole new level. One of the primary advantages of CFD is its ability to capture the details and complexities of underground mine environments. It factors in the geometry of the mine, the influence of equipment and machinery, and the dynamic nature of airflow, enabling a highly accurate representation of real-world conditions. 


Time history of overpressures acting on structural components


Time history of overpressures acting on structural components

Another key benefit is the predictive power of CFD. Unlike simpler models that often rely on assumptions and simplifications, CFD considers various parameters and variables, including gas properties, temperature, humidity, and turbulence. This allows for the generation of precise and data-driven insights into how pressures, gases and heat propagate within a mine, thus enabling miners and safety experts to make informed decisions. CFD can also account for changing scenarios, such as the effects of different ventilation strategies, fire locations, or explosion scenarios, making it a versatile tool for designing effective safety measures and emergency response plans. In essence, CFD empowers mining companies to proactively manage risks, optimize ventilation systems, and ensure the safety of their workforce with a level of accuracy and detail that simpler models simply cannot match.

Our Core Mining and Industrial Capabilities Include:

  • Mineral Processing Plants

  • Mine Infrastructure Design

  • Mine Ventilation Systems

  • Tailings Management

  • Mine Water Management

  • Underground Mine Design and Support

  • Surface Mining Operations

  • Mine Safety Systems and Procedures

Specialist Mining Capabilities Include:

  • Mining Feasibility Studies

  • Mine Planning and Scheduling

  • Mining Risk Assessment and Management

  • Mining Equipment Simulation and Modelling

  • Mine Closure Planning and Rehabilitation

  • Mineral Resource Estimation and Valuation

  • Blast Design and Optimization

  • Mine Health and Safety Audits

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