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In this paper, differences between the industry-standard Holmberg-Persson (H-P) approach and a semi-analytical vibration prediction model called full-field solution (FFS) are analized. The analysis is conducted at two levels: vibrations and rock damage.
Blast heave modeling and prediction utilizing the new discrete element model, GEM, that treats rock as elements with alternating arcs and line. Explosive loading of GEM elements is accomplished by utilizing the Noble-Abel equation of state to track the gas pressure from detonation through expansion to atmospheric pressure.
The unique nature of rock salt blasting is compared to traditional hard rock practices. Rock salt geomechanical nature is discussed in the context of rock blasting events. A cratering mechanism prevalent in soft rocks is presented and exemplified through a series of single hole blast tests performed in salt deposits.
Study of confinement effects on detonation characteristics and subsequent fitting form development as a function of confiner strength and thickness.
Presents outline of flyrock model and a field procedure to validate predictions of maximum projection distance. Field results are presented from 13 field tests with two different hole diameters.
This paper discusses the use of the Orica WildFireTM flyrock model to help mining operations in Australia and Asia minimise blast exclusion zones for equipment, increasing utilisation and productivity and delivering downstream value
New technology to automatically design a blast based on autonomous drone. The process of flying a drone, calculating the 3D cloud of points, generating the critical face profiles and placing holes automatically according to burden specification becomes fully automatic. A nice time saving with more efficiency
The knowledge of the explosive/ rock mass interaction process is important in predicting blast performance. It includes understanding rock properties, energy usage, and attenuation in the rock mass. The paper proposes a method to quantify blast-induced rock mass damage from the field measurements and apply it to modeling blast fragmentation.
Development of methods to calculate presplit blasthole pressures through simplified models, namely the Empirical Model and the Detonation Pressure Model. These models can be used with variations in explosive type and diameter, along with borehole diameter. All models have been validated with test data and shown to have minimal error.
How state-of-the-art software, data analysis and communication applied to drilling and blasting techniques have have allowed quarries in the Midwest of the United States to improve results downstream