Blasting optimization using seismic analysis and x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy

Deborah Hopkins, Ramsey Haught, Murat Karaca, Daniel Turler, Larry Myer, John Kemeny, Paul Lever, Mary L. Lowery

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Abstract

Initial results are presented from a collaborative research project focused on optimization of blasting to achieve optimal fragmentation of rock. Although the proposed technology would increase the cost of drilling and blasting, substantial improvements in process plant throughput have been shown to significantly reduce costs downstream. The potential energy savings resulting from improved blast performance can also be substantial, and there are significant environmental and safety benefits as well. The technical goals of the project include development of sensors and data acquisition systems that will allow three-dimensional characterization of the rock mass using geophysical methods and real-time measurements of mineral content using x-ray fluorescence (XRF)spectroscopy. Image-processing techniques are being used to perform post-blast fragmentation analysis. The ultimate goal .of the project is to integrate geophysical and XRF data with drilling and blast data to create an adaptive, online analysis tool to optimize subsequent drilling and blasting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication4th North American Rock Mechanics Symposium, NARMS 2000
PublisherAmerican Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA)
Pages1361-1367
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9058091554, 9789058091550
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000
Event4th North American Rock Mechanics Symposium, NARMS 2000 - Seattle, United States
Duration: Jul 31 2000Aug 3 2000

Publication series

Name4th North American Rock Mechanics Symposium, NARMS 2000

Other

Other4th North American Rock Mechanics Symposium, NARMS 2000
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle
Period7/31/008/3/00

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geophysics

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    Hopkins, D., Haught, R., Karaca, M., Turler, D., Myer, L., Kemeny, J., Lever, P., & Lowery, M. L. (2000). Blasting optimization using seismic analysis and x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. In 4th North American Rock Mechanics Symposium, NARMS 2000 (pp. 1361-1367). (4th North American Rock Mechanics Symposium, NARMS 2000). American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA).