Coal mine trolley fires remain a serious threat to miner safety. Over the past twenty years, nearly 70 such fires have been reported to MSHA, and of these, most were due to the inability of the circuit breaker to discriminate between a legitimate load and an illegitimate fault current. Despite the extensive research into this area in the 1970's and early 1980's, it is still a problem. The problem also persists in rail transit systems used for mass transportation. This paper reviews the problem, summarizes past work, and presents two viable techniques for discriminating between load and fault currents.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering