Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Jerry Tien


This unit covers a series of issue-based advanced level mine ventilation topics. The unit provides in-depth knowledge of many of the most important areas in mine ventilation previously addressed at a basic level.

Thermodynamic aspects of mine ventilation, for example, the effects of friction in flow processes, en-tropy, adiabatic and isentropic processes, ideal isothermal compression, isentropic compression and polytropic compression are covered. Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM) emissions and control, mine fires including spontaneous combustion, risk evaluation and Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), ventilation network simulation, mine fire modelling and mine emergency planning are all critical aspects of any underground mining operation and are all important for advanced understanding of mine ventilation. Atmospheric monitoring and automation and refrigeration and mine air conditioning systems are crucial to mining operations are covered.


At the conclusion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • comprehend key topics critical to a safe and effective underground mining operation and apply them to various underground mining scenarios
  • comprehend and analyse the impacts of different factors on a ventilation system and assemble and synthesise necessary control measures.
  • conceptualise in-depth mine planning using network modelling software to design a methane drainage system, mine emergency planning and diesel particulate matter (DPM) control measures applicable to both coal and non-coal operations
  • formulate best mining practices and modern monitoring and control technology into ventilation system design


Assignments/Practical/project work (continuous assessment): 50%
Closed book examination (3 Hours): 50%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, practical, project work) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

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Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 2 hours practical, and 7 hours private study per week.