Verum Group provides a range of advanced laboratory
tests that are leading practice in quantifying the spontaneous
combustion propensity of coal and other materials.
combustion is a significant hazard for coal mine operations with the
occurrence of events often leading to severe outcomes and major
disruptions to production. It is essential for coal mines to produce
detailed and reliable Principal Hazard Management Plans based on
accurate measurements including the propensity of coal to self-heat
under in-mine conditions and the associated gas evolution pattern of the
We offer the following spontaneous combustion tests.
- Provides a quick and accurate measure of the intrinsic reactivity of
coal to oxygen and the values obtained are strongly coal rank dependent
and are affected by the intrinsic properties of the coal. Also obtained
is a value for the Relative Ignition Temperature which is used to
confirm the intrinsic spontaneous combustion reactivity of the coal.
testing - Is designed to simulate coal self-heating for any set of
boundary conditions that may exist at a mine, port or in transit. It
takes into consideration moisture present and the surrounding
environment, the presence of reactive pyrite and issues associated with
SponComGAS™ testing - The
gas evolution pattern that occurs in response to coal self-heating can
be used as a signature for the early detection of a self-heating event.
We can determine the unique gas evolution trends for your situation
which can support alarm limits set in the Trigger Action Response Plans.
testing - Monitors hot spot development in a coal pile in terms of
location of the initial hot spot and subsequent migration within the
All test results are analysed, interpreted and reported by
Chartered Professionals who are members of the Australasian Institute of
Mining and Metallurgy and all reports are certified by Registered
Professional Engineers who are registered under the terms of the
Professional Engineers Act 2002 (Queensland) and have appropriate
knowledge and experience.
For more information get In touch with Ben Rumsey