Heat recovery systems in underground mine ventilation systems and novel mine cooling systems

Authors: Dello Sbarba, Hugo
Advisor: Fytas, KonstantinosParaszczak, Jacek
Abstract: Underground mining in cold regions of the world requires heating of surface buildings and intake fresh air. Exhaust return air is usually discharged to the atmosphere at much higher temperatures than the ambient air. A computer software application has been developed in order to evaluate the feasibility of recovering heat from return exhaust air. The software approximates the amount of heat that can be recovered on surface from the exhaust ventilation shaft of an underground mine. It will then determine the annual energy cost savings and a capital cost of the system. This software considers a closed-loop glycol circuit with tube and fins heat exchangers located at the extremity of the exhaust and intake shaft surface installations. Different concepts of the heat recovery system are as well described. Most common heat sources that can be found on mine sites are listed. Several innovative designs that exploit cold winter weather as an asset to cool mine intake air are explained. Key words: heat sources, return air, heat recovery, feasibility, heating, cooling
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2012
Open Access Date: 18 April 2018
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/23285
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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