Mine Escape, Rescue and Training Grants Portfolio
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The Alpha Foundation is seeking to award research addressing the root causes of disease, injuries, and fatalities in the mining industry and achieve successful implementation of practical solutions derived from the research effort.
The Foundation is committed to fund projects that explore innovative ideas and concepts, complement existing research efforts and address knowledge or technology gaps in mine safety and health. To this end, cooperative research efforts with mining entities, stakeholder groups and state and federal institutions are encouraged. The Foundation plan is a balanced approach, incorporating a blend of engineering and health science with behavioral science and training, needed to solve mining safety and health problems.
About This Topic
Nothing is more important than the ability to escape from a mine emergency. This research is focused on several key elements of decision making, communicating, sheltering, and rescue efforts to provide the best opportunity for all miners to escape a mine emergency unharmed.
- Communications and Tracking
- Training and Decision Making
- Sheltering and Escape Strategies
- Rescue Strategies and Technologies
Experimental Testing and Design of Protective Measures for Communications and Tracking Systems Subjected to Catastrophic Events in Underground Coal Mines
University of Kentucky (Grant Number AFC316-49)
Full-Wave Electromagnetic Simulator for Statistical Characterization, Optimal Deployment, and On-the-Fly Reconfiguration of Wireless and Through-the-Earth Communication and Tracking Systems
University of Michigan (Grant Number AFC215-54)
Operational Sensitivity of Through-The-Earth Communication
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Grant Number AFC113-14)