DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW METHOD IN THE DETERMINATION OF THE MUCK PILE FRAGMENTATION FORMED AS A RESULT OF BLASTING


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Tosun A.

JOURNAL OF THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN INSTITUTE OF MINING AND METALLURGY, vol.122, no.11, pp.1-8, 2022 (SCI-Expanded)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 122 Issue: 11
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Journal Name: JOURNAL OF THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN INSTITUTE OF MINING AND METALLURGY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Aerospace Database, Communication Abstracts, Compendex, Metadex, Directory of Open Access Journals, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-8
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Muckpile fragmentation formed by blasting depends on the specific charge factor, the discontinuities in the rock mass, and the rock strength. Determination of the discontinuity characteristics and rock strength is a long and difficult process. These two parameters are directly associated with the rock drilling speed. Therefore, it is the drilling speed of the machine used for the blast-hole, rather than the blasthole discontinuity characteristics and rock strength parameters, that is used in the prediction of muckpile fragmentation before blasting. Primarily, it has been suggested that the muckpile fragmentation values can be correctly determined by establishing correlations between the efficiency of the loader and muck pile fragmentation, since fragmentation is directly correlated with the former parameter. Subsequently, a correlation predicting the drilling speed of the drill machine was developed according to the discontinuity characteristics of the blasting surface and the rock strength. Finally, a correlation was developed predicting muckpile fragmentation according to the specific charge factor and the drilling speed of the drill machine The data was obtained by conducting blasting tests in two different limestone quarries. Keywords muckpile fragmentation, rock-drilling yield, specific charge facto