This course covers basic principles of coal and metalliferous mine ventilation and underground environmental control. The emphasis is on the practical aspects of mine ventilation to ensure that learning outcomes are immediately relevant to industry. Course topics include those common to both types of mines, such as fan performance and circuit analysis using Ventsim, occurrence and control of gases, dust and heat together with design and management of ventilation systems. Coal mine specific hazards such as spontaneous combustion, outbursts and management of seam gas emission are also covered. It is preferred if practical course assignments be undertaken at operating mine sites however this is not a course prerequisite.
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