Date of Graduation
Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
A. Wahab Khair.
Since recent disasters in the mining industry in 2006 the push for a reliable communication system has became a high priority. This thesis will discuss each "wireless" communication system available and/or being developed for underground mines as well as the frequencies that will be used for each system's operation.;The second part of the investigation will be on the factors affecting these frequencies as well as possible ways to model these factors analytically. It is important to understand these factors in order to make intelligent conclusions as to what communication systems will perform adequately in an underground mining environment.;The third area discussed will be an analysis of empirical studies completed by various agencies, companies, and schools (including West Virginia University). These studies were completed to judge the practicality and performance of each system. Practicality is important to the mining industry. The industry tends not to accept new technology quickly, so proof of performance is a key component to introducing the products into the market.
McGraw, David P., "Analysis of factors affecting wireless communication systems in underground coal mines" (2008). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 1979.