Mine Ventilation 3 - Design Basics

Areas of Study: Mining

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This is the third in a comprehensive series of five mine ventilation courses for practicing professionals. It provides in depth coverage of the design principles for pressure, resistance and flow as well as basic ventilation design issues such as fan parts, fan pressure and performance, fan networks and fan modelling and testing.


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  • Audience Level:
  • Professional
  • Enrollment:
  • Required
  • Duration:
  • 22 hours

Course Summary


This course is the third in a comprehensive series of five mine ventilation courses by the author, written for practicing professionals. The complete series includes the following titles:

  • Mine Ventilation 1 - Introduction
  • Mine Ventilation 2 - Hazard Awareness
  • Mine Ventilation 3 - Design Basics
  • Mine Ventilation 4 - Advanced Design
  • Mine Ventilation 5 - Operations
The basic focus for this course series is on airflow engineering. This is because getting the right amount of fresh air to the workplace is the single most important success factor in meeting the quality and quantity requirements of an efficient, safe and healthy underground mining operation.

The courses are also designed to ensure the ventilation practitioner has an adequate understanding of at least the basic issues involved in mine ventilation, and therefore knows when a ventilation problem is of such magnitude as to need to call in a specialist, and has sufficient background to be able to liaise technically with that specialist.

Mine Ventilation 3 - Design Basics ensures that you, as ventilation officer, understand the principles of pressure, resistance and flow and are aware of the basic ventilation design issues, including fan parts, fan pressure and performance, fan networks and fan modelling and testing. Major topics covered include...

  • Pressure, Resistance and Flow
  • Basic Ventilation Design Issues
  • Fan Parts, Pressure and Performance
  • Fan Networks, Testing and Modelling
  • Fan Types and Issues

Course Content

This course comprises 22 learning sessions, each of 30 - 60 minutes duration, plus supporting figures, tables, images and references, appendices and interactive reviews that confirm achievement of the learning objectives. The total duration of the course is estimated at 22 hours.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and apply the principles of pressure, resistance and flow to basic ventilation design.
  • Recognize the principles and operation of ventilation fans, fan pressure and fan performance.
  • Recognize the ventilation design issues of fan networks and the principles of fan testing and modelling.
  • Recognize different types of fans, fan configurations and their application in practice.

Recommended Background

  • A degree or diploma in mining engineering or related discipline.

Dr. Rick Brake

Dr. Rick Brake is a Chartered Practicing Mining Engineer, based in Brisbane, Australia, with 30 years experience in underground and open cut operations in Australia and North America. He graduated with First Class Honours from the University of Queensland and has since completed a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University in Victoria and a PhD in physiology from Curtin University in Perth in the area of human heat stress. He has statutory qualifications in both coal and metalliferous mine ventilation and is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, a member of the Mine Ventilation Society of South Africa, and a Member of the Minerals Industry Consultants Association of Australia.

Rick was Ventilation Superintendent for the four Mount Isa underground mines in the mid 1980s. He has been a member of the Editorial and Organising Committees for several major ventilation conferences. In 1999, he formed his own consulting company, Mine Ventilation Australia, specialising in the areas of sub-surface ventilation, mine refrigeration and cooling, heat stress and egress and entrapment. His company has subsequently consulted to many underground mines in Australia, PNG, China, South-East Asia and Africa. He also presents many courses and seminars on mine ventilation, egress and entrapment, and heat stress.