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Drilling and Blasting of Rocks

1st Edition

By C. Lopez Jimeno, E. Lopez Jimeno, Francisco Javier Ayala Carcedo

CRC Press

408 pages

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pub: 1995-01-01
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Rock breakage with explosives has existed since the seventeenth century when black powder came into use in mining. Since then it has progressed from the invention of dynamite to the use of heavy ANFO. During the past two decades, there have been numerous technical contributions which have brought a better understanding of rock fragmentation with explosives, an improvement in drilling equipment and a noticeable evolution in the development of new explosives and blasting accessories. The Geomining Technological Institute of Spain (ITCE), aware of this progress and of the importance which the breakage process has acquired in mining and civil engineering projects, has ordered the publication of Drilling and Blasting of Rocks.

The purpose of this Handbook is to give basic knowledge of the drilling systems, the types of available explosives and the accessories and the parameters that intervene in blast designing, whether controllable or not; at the same time the objectives and contents contribute to improved safety in mining. The Handbook is meant for all professionals who are involved with explosives in mining operations and civil engineering projects, as well as for students of technical schools.

Table of Contents




1. Rock Drilling Methods

2. Rotary Percussive Drilling

3. Rotary Percussive Drilling Accessories

4. Rotary Drilling with Rolling Tricone Bits

5. Rolling Cone Rock Bits

6. Rotary Drilling with Cutting Action

7. Special Drilling Methods and Mounting Systems

8. Compressors

9. Thermochemistry of Explosives and the Detonation Process

10. Properties of Explosives

11. Industrial Explosives

12. Explosive Selection Criteria

13. Blasting Accessories

14. Initiation and Priming Systems

15. Mechanized Systems for Charging and Dewatering Blastholes

16. Mechanics of Rock Breakage

17. Rock and Rock Mass Properties and their Influence on the Result of Blasting

18. Characterization of the Rock Masses For Blast Designing

19. Controllable Parameters of Blasting

20. Bench Blasting

21. Blasting in other Surface Operations

22. Blasting for Tunnels and Drifts

23. Shafts Sinking and Raise Driving

24. Underground Production Blasting in Mining and Civil Engineering

25. Counter Blasting

26. Underwater Blasting

27. Initiation Sequence and Delay Timing

28. Evaluation of Blast Results

29. Secondary Fragmentation and Special Blastings

30. Planning the Work of Drilling and Blasting

31. Structure and Building Demolition

32. Optimization Costs of Fragmentation with Drilling and Blasting

33. Land Vibrations, Air Blast and their Control

34. Flyrocks and their Control

35. Safety Measures fro Drilling and Blasting Operations

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