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The need for a spray-ignition test method for hydraulic fluids to be used in underground mining is described. The current spray-ignition testing method as recommended by the European Commission and a proposed “heat release of a stabilised flame”testing method are discussed. The limitations of laboratory spray ignition fire-resistance testing methods, especially for non-aqueous fluids is considered. Additional measures for minimising the fire hazards in the workplace and the potential use of jet spray ignition testing for hydraulic fluids used in non-mining applications are also included in this discussion.
oil, hydraulic fluids, spray-ignition, fire-resistance
Deutsche Montan Technologie Tremonia Experimental Mine, Dortmund,