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R. Morla, K. Tanguturi and A.M. Rao, Selection of optimum combination of fans for bord and pillar coal mines, 12th Coal Operators' Conference, University of Wollongong & the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 2012, 221-228.


A good design of ventilation system for a mine should supply adequate air flow for all workings. One of the objectives of the ventilation planning is to select optimum operating points for the fan and its combinations to achieve the required air flow rate. It will improve the safety conditions and minimise the total air power consumption. The objective of this study is to increase ventilation quantity with low operating pressure and effective utilisation of the main mechanical ventilator. Ventilation simulator and CFD modelling studies were conducted with different combinations of fans. Operating parallel fans with the same capacity and blade angle at the return air shaft is the best possible solution for achieving this objective. A detailed case study of the pressure survey of the ventilation network and the simulation results is presented.