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Mine Fire Ventilation System Simulation Software

Integrated Computer Aided Mine Planning Software (ICAMPS) MineFire is an AutoCAD application that offers a powerful graphical user interface to the former U.S. Bureau of Mines MFIRE version 2.20 which has been expanded upon and improved by NIOSH to include real-time modifications, now called MFIRE 4.0. ICAMPS MineFire (from here on referred to only as MineFire) is full 3D and you can use any of the AutoCAD commands you like to manipulate the drawing. However, if there is a MineFire menu option to complete the same task it is better to use that. For those who are familiar with ICAMPS MineVent the interface will look familiar and you will see many of the same powerful features. MineFire could also be useful even if you are not intending to model a fire. It has 3 phases which are the Steady State, Non-Steady State and the Quasi-Equilibrium. MineFire can, of course, be used to analyze internal influences such as a fire, but it can also be used to simulate ventilation networks under thermal and mechanical influence such as changes in ventilation parameters, external influences such as changes in temperature. The program output can be used to analyze the effects of these influences on the ventilation system. It includes discrete event simulation capabilities that allow mine ventilation and fires to be tracked over time.

The user connects the nodes with 3D polylines which represent the actual branch airway path. The branch must have a start node and end node but you can have dummy nodes in between so that the actual branch path is used and the branch length can be calculated for use in the resistance formulas. The branch length can also be typed in manually from the branch dialog as well as when calculating resistances. Since the ventilation schematic is drawn to scale, the system can automatically compute the branch length and use the airway characteristics to calculate the branch resistance. In MineFire it is important to draw the schemaitc to scale so that features such as displaying the fume front are accurate and match the actual airway length on the mine map. The system has many features to simplify editing schematics and enhancing the ventilation diagram. All changes to a schematic drawing are stored permanently when you save the AutoCAD drawing..

    MineFire Define_branches    
    Define Branches with 4 types Normal, Fan, FixedQ, Fire and 12 user defined codes. You only need to enter some or all the info on the right for Fire Branches. Fire branches can also be created in the Time Table at a specific time.    
    MineFire Configure Branches    
    Configure branches allows you to set up the colors and linetypes for the 12 different branch codes and the default resistance values for each code.    
    minefire edit schematic    
    Edit Schematic allows you to set the sizes of all the parameters as well as the default fan and cfg(configure branches) file and move and rotate parameters.    
    Resistance Dialog    
    Resistance Formula Dialog Box with 10 formulas branch length can be entered or calculated automatically.    
    MineFire Define Fans    
    Define Edit Fans allows you to enter the fan curve info up to 99 fan curves and show the curve or copy and paste P and Q data from spreadsheet.    
    MineFire Fan Curve    
    MineFire Define New Nodes    
    MineFire Modify Node Parameters    
    Define new nodes and modify existing nodes easily.    
    MineFire Time Table    
    MineFire has two ways to add a Fire or other ventilation change during the simulation. The first is to use the Time Table option and add an event at a certain time during the simulation and the second is to just do it in real-time as the program is running. You can also define a branch as a fire branch.    
    The above would be used before the simulation starts to add/edit/delete events. Add and Edit bring up the following dialog.    
    Add Fire Event    
    You can also get the above dialog and add an event in real-time while the simulation is running by clicking Add Event when the MineFire engine is running. See Run MineFire below.    
    Run MineFire    
    Running the MineFire program allows you to setup all the values such as time increments and time span etc..then brings up the dialog below to run in real-time.    
    Run MineFire    
    In the dilalog above you can View Results graphically in real-time by clicking the View Results button which brings up the dialog below. The Verbose shows the text output file in real-time at that point in time. Of course, all of this and more is available under the Output Menu after the simulation finishes. Also in the above you can control how fast the simulation runs with the Time Scale and Pause or End at anytime. It will also show the Engine State at the bottom in case of any errors you can look at the Log file to see what happened.    
    Airway Tab    
    The above dialog box or some variation of it is used for most of the Output features.    
    Airway and Junction Parameters    
    The above shows the parameters that can be posted and colored in real-time on the Airways tab and the Junctions tab. The parameter names are always the same in real-time but the parameter names will change depending on which phase you are looking at under the Output Menu.    
    Output consists of color coded schematics diagrams with many different parameters displayed individually for the airways/branches and junctions/nodes.The schematic can be plotted separately or superimposed on mine maps. The system has features that let the engineer highlight problem areas of the fire model based on the output.    
    Junction Tab in Non-Steady State    
    The above shows the Junctions tab in the Non-Steady State portion. Note that you can change the time interval you want to post the numbers for at the bottom. The Airways tab has the same and affects not only the parameter but the color of the super-imposed polylines.    
    Color Tab Non-Steady    
    The above shows how you can change the color ranges for ANY parameter on the Airways tab and also that you can check off the options of showing the Airway parameter, the Junction parameter, or the coloring of the Airways.    
    Ventilation Schematic    
    The above is an example of posting the Airflow numbers on the branches/airways and the Fume numbers on the junctions/nodes with the drawing colored up by Airflow on the layer MFAirFlow. You can choose the layers for the super-imposed polylines. This is done simply by pressing View Colors and Parameters on drawing in the previous dialog. Also you can select the decimal precision from 0 to 7 decimal places for any parameter you post on the drawing.    
    Fire and Fan Symbols    
    The above shows how you can put Fire and Fan symbols on the appropraite airways. There are several other symbols that can be inserted as well. The temperatures are on the nodes and cfm on the airways. Many other parameters can be viewed as well.    
    Air Recirculation    
    Air Recirculation on the Drawing    
    The above two pictures show the interface for drawing Air Recirculation paths and the result on the drawing.    
    Critical Conditions Non-Steady State    
    The above shows how the program would color up and post the Critical Conditions for Airways and Junctions. The parameter posted and colored is Fumes.    
    Fume Front Non-Steady State    
    The above shows the pregression of the Fume Front during the Non-Steady State portion of the program. The colors are by Fumes ranges but you could color by something else.    
    Fume Data Totals Non Steady    
    The above Dialog allow you to see the Fume Front in an Animated fashion by pressing return on the AutoCAD command prompt. You can quit on any timestep or individual airway as you watch the fume or Fire progress or post parameters at any time interval.    
    Fume Data Totals Drawing    
    The above shows the results of watching the fume front progress in yellow with the fire branch as the more orange color.    
    Fume Data Totals Drawing complete    
    The above shows the complete progression of the Fume Front with the Fume concentration posted on the airways.    
    Curve Plot Non-Steady    
    The Non-Steady State curve plot allows you to show a curve of several parameters versus time. You can plot several parameters and choose the width as well as export the data to a csv file.    
    Below are the main menu screen shots. There are other menus with helpful AutoCAD commands, symbols, setup and import and export features and more.    
    Node Menu    
    branch menu    
    output menu    
    Main MineFire Features    
  • Windows Dialog Box Interface
  • Runs Entirely Inside of AutoCAD
  • Make Changes and View Results in Real-Time
  • Easy to Configure Customized Branch Colors and Defaults
  • User Defined Branch Codes (Intake, Return, Leak etc..)
  • Move Node
  • Find Node
  • List Nodes
  • List Unused Nodes
  • Changing Node Elevations updates branches
  • Convert MineVent Drawings to MineFire
  • Creating Fan Files
  • 3 to 10 Point Fan Curves
  • List Fans
  • Show fan curve and operating point
  • Full 3D
  • Define and Modify Branches
  • Move/Stretch Branches
  • Copy Branches
  • Check for Duplicate Branches
  • List Branches
  • Calculate Resistances 8 Formulas
  • Draw any Airway Parameters on Schematic at any time phase
  • Draw any Junction Parameters on Schematic at any time phase
  • Color up the Airways by any Parameter available choose Polyline thickness for draw
  • Review Output Log File for Diagnostics
  • Reverse Negative Quantity Branches
  • Review Detailed Output File in place or in NotePad
  • Edit Schematic & Change Sizes of Parameters, Node Numbers, etc..
  • Air Reversals Graphically
  • Air Recirculation Graphically
  • Critical Airway Conditions Graphically
  • Critical Junction Conditions Graphically
  • View the Fume Front Graphically
  • View the Fume Data Totals Graphically for each Time Interval
  • Fume Front Data Totals Animated
  • Fire Data Animated
  • Non-Steady State Curve Plots
    For more information on MineFire or to place an order please contact Ohio Automation at 740-596-1023 or email us ohioauto7@gmail.com  
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