Fires and explosion research, testing and training facility

The CSIR-managed fires and explosion testing and training facility at Kloppersbos is located approximately 40 km north of Pretoria. The size and location of the facility allows controlled large-scale coal dust/methane explosions as live demonstrations when training mine workers.

Its services include:

  • Mine fire and explosion safety awareness training seminars;
  • Fire and explosion suppression/mitigation product testing and evaluation;
  • Conveyor belt fire retardant property testing;
  • Explosibility testing of coal dust and industrial dusts such as those in the pharmaceutical, food and chemicals sector; and
  • Evaluation of mine ventilation products and systems.