QUT student projects at Simtars

Simtars recently hosted four Queensland University of Technology (QUT) undergraduate students to complete their final year thesis projects.

Troy Atkinson, Jonathan Cheng, Todd Smith, and Wilfred Brown particpated in a simulation of gas explosion in Simtars’ propagation tube and an assessment of exhaust gasses emitted from the Steamexfire 300.

Troy and Jonathan created a 2D simulation of the propagation tube using ANSYS Fluent and worked closely with Simtars staff to undertake explosion propagation tube testing.

Todd and Wilfred’s projects analysed the exhaust gases from the Steamexfire 300 to determine the suitability for extinguishing underground coal mine fires.

The gas samples were analysed using a gas chromatograph (GC). The GC was setup to analyse Oxygen, Nitrogen, Carbon Monoxide, Carbon Dioxide, Ethylene, Ethane, Methane, and Acetylene.

Congratulations to all students for successfully completing their projects. Simtars will continue this work as part of its future research strategy into improving safety and health outcomes for the Queensland mining industry.

The students gave their final project presentations at QUT on Friday,19 November.

Simtars staff attended the event, Dr Gareth Kennedy, Mr André De Kock, Mr Mark Kleinhans, Mr Martin Guzman, along with their tutor, Professor Tuquabo Tesfamichael (photo).