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Original Paper

UDC 622.822© I.O. Fedotkin, D.V. Fedotkin, 2024

ISSN 0041-5790 (Print) • ISSN 2412-8333 (Online) • Ugol’ – Russian Coal Journal, 2024, № 2, pp. 69-73

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18796/0041-5790-2024-2-69-73




Fedotkin I.O.1, Fedotkin D.V.1,2

1National University of Science and Technology “MISIS” (NUST “MISIS”), Moscow, 119049, Russian Federation

2FGBU VNIIPO EMERCOM of Russia, Balashikha, Moscow region, 143903, Russian Federation

Authors Information

Fedotkin I.O.,Postgraduate Student,e-mail: fedotkin.iliya@gmail.com

Fedotkin D.V.,PhD (Engineering), Associate Professor, Head of the Special Research Department, e-mail: fdv982@mail.ru


The relevance of the problem is justified by the need for innovative approaches to combating mine fires based on the use of computer modelling methods to predict the development of fires and their consequences. Analysis of statistical data for recent years has shown that in Russia the most frequent cause of accidents in underground coal mining is fires (more than 40% of the total number of accidents). A similar situation is observed in China, which is the world's leading coal producer, where the overwhelming majority of major accidents at coal mines are fires and explosions. The main causes of fires are presented. The review of fire modelling methods used today is given, advantages and disadvantages of their application are indicated. To combat endogenous fires, based on numerical modeling, it is possible to form an optimal heat balance of coal self-heating processes by determining mining solutions to reduce the heat generation parameters of coal seams.


Coal mines, Underground fires, Fire statistics, Coal mine accidents, Numerical modelling, Statistics of mine accidents, Modelling of mine fires.


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For citation

Fedotkin I.O., Fedotkin D.V. The problems of fires in coal mines and a review of modern approaches to their modelling. Ugol’, 2024, (2), pp. 69-73. (In Russ.). DOI: 10.18796/0041-5790-2024-2-69-73.

Paper info

Received January 9, 2023

Reviewed January 15, 2024

Accepted January 26, 2024


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