Trends in Surface Drilling and Blasting

CIM Bulletin, 1968

A. BAUER, Head, Dept. of Mining Engineering, Queen's University, .Kingston, Ontario

This paper describes the trends in recent years in explosives formulated to produce larger blast-hole spacings and over-all lower drilling and blasting costs in hard formations. A consideration of current rotary drilling costs per ft of hole and per ton of muck versus hole diameter indicates that it is now possible that we shall see much further use of lower-energy-content, lower-cost slurries and dry mixes, and larger-diameter and, in many instances, cheaper blast holes. These will be drilled on current or slightly larger blast patterns to yield the same energy input per ton of rock and similar fragmentation at lower costs.
Keywords: blasting, compressive strength, drilling and blasting, Queen's University, slurries, TNT, Cost, Costs, Drilling, energy, Explosives, Rock, Rocks