TUNNELLING AND UNDERGROUND SPACE TECHNOLOGY, vol.48, pp.101-109, 2015 (SCI-Expanded)
Ventilation is a vital process in underground mining operations. Fans are typically used in these ventilation systems to supply airflow to mines. Sufficient ventilation systems provide adequate fresh air to underground mines to ensure a safe working environment. Thus, the selection of an appropriate fan is an important part of mine ventilation. Several parameters affect fan selection, so the fan selection process is complex and must be compliant with a set of options and criteria. In this study, the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) method is used for this task, along with the Multi Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) method, to select a main fan for an underground coal mine in Turkey. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.