Research

Detection of Hazardous Gases in Underground Mines
The major risk in underground mining is the accumulation of hazardous gases, like explosive methane and toxic carbon monoxide. Estimates suggest mining accidents kill about 12,000 people a year, especially in developing countries. There are stationary and handheld gas sensors to prevent accumulation but both remain incapable of being flexible and efficient in big facilities. Consequently, many people still die due to gas-related accidents in underground mines.

Handheld Gas Detectors

are carried by workers, but they are insufficient in areas where there are no workers.

Stationary Gas Detectors

are fixed to walls of the mine, but they are insufficient because a mining facility needs many of them to cover all galleries.

Fatality rates

The statistics about fatality rates indicate that the coal mining industry has higher fatality rates compared to other types of mining activities and other industries. Moreover, countries with poor regulations have much higher fatality rates.

Soma Mine Disaster, 2014

More than 301 people were killed in an explosion at a coal mine in Soma, Turkey. The main reason for the accident was the insufficiency in detecting hazardous gases.

Ideation

Preventing Mining Accidents in Developing Countries
In developing countries, companies circumvent placing enough gas detectors inside the mines because of lack of regulations and high numbers of detectors (causing high costs) needed for underground mines. A network of drones can monitor bigger areas and can lower the costs of detecting hazardous gases in underground mines.

Network of Drones

Drones will move along tunnels and communicate with each other to detect hazardous gases inside mines. In case of an emergency, drones will act together to lead workers to safe places.

Product

A Drone for Safety in Underground Mines

A Drone for Safety in Underground Mines

Detectrone is a drone designed for the safety of underground mines. It detects various gases, directs people in case of emergencies, and maps the tunnels in 3D. Due to its mobility, Detectrone can monitor hazardous gases over a wide area, and communicate with other drones to work efficiently.

Charging Hubs

To charge the low battery, Detectron attaches to a charging hub which is located on the ceiling of the mine.