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The efficiency of drilling and blasting operations can be assessed in different ways, depending on the desired effect. The evaluation can be performed on the basis of the quality of the explosives applied for rock extraction. On the other hand, the correct assessment should include the results of drilling and blasting works. One of the parameters that are commonly used in the quality assessment of explosives is the on-site testing of the detonation velocity, which is a direct indicator of the efficiency of explosives. The quality of explosives is essential for the appropriate blasting process and should be subjected to regular verification by means of measurements under different site conditions. Since in most cases the excavated rock must be transported from the blasting site to another location, one of the main parameters that can be used for drilling and blasting operations assessment is fragmentation analysis. It may be done using various image-based particles sizing software. The article presents selected methods that can be applied for the evaluation of blasting works efficiency, including measurements of detonation velocity as well as fragmentation analysis based on photogrammetric methods.


blasting efficiency velocity of detonation VOD fragmentation analysis

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Piotr Mertuszka, PhD., Min.Eng. , KGHM CUPRUM Ltd. Research & Development Centre

Dr Piotr Mertuszka is an Assistant Manager of Rock Engineering Department of KGHM CUPRUM Research & Development Centre located in Wroclaw, Poland. He also works as a lecturer in the Mining Institute at the Wroclaw University of Science and Technology. He is an co-author of several research report, documentation, prefeasibility studies etc. His background is rock mechanics and numerical modelling as well as blasting technology and testing of explosives.

Marcin Szumny, PhD., Min.Eng. , KGHM CUPRUM Ltd. Research and Development Centre

Doctor Marcin Szumny, is an assistant in Rock Engineering Department of KGHM Cuprum Research & Development Centre located in Wroclaw, Poland. His main field of interest is blasting and applications of explosives in the mining industry. He has twenty years of experience in the area of blasting technology in underground and open pits mines both in design and performing of blasting works. He is a co-author of several research report, documentation, prefeasibility studies etc.

Krzysztof Fuławka, M.Sc., Min.Eng. , KGHM CUPRUM Ltd. Research and Development Centre

MSc., Min. Eng. Krzysztof Fuławka is a Research Assistant in Rock Engineering Department of KGHM CUPRUM R&D Centre and PhD-Student at Faculty of Geoengineering, Mining and Geology of Wroclaw University of Science and Technology. He focuses on slope stability assessment in dynamic load condition and risk management. He is a co-author of numerous research papers, reports and prefeasibility studies. His background is rock mechanics and mining and blasting technology.

Stanislav Nikolov, M.Sc., Expl.Chem.Eng. , PBEx Consulting Ltd.,

Stanislav Nikolov, is graduated from Sankt Petersburg Institute of Chemical Technology. He was engaged with several R&D projects related to Material Science, Nano-pyrotechnics and Accelerated Aging of Pyrotechnics and detonators. He has above twenty years of experience in the area of blasting technology. He spend a few years with project for “Optimization of bench blasting by means of advanced blasting technology - blasting software, electronic detonators, vibrations prediction and control". Currently, he is an independent consultant in the field of blasting technology.

How to Cite
Mertuszka, P., Szumny, M., Fuławka, K., & Nikolov, S. (2020). FIELD EVALUATION OF MINE BLASTING EFFICIENCY. SWS Journal of EARTH & PLANETARY SCIENCES, 2(2), 1-16.


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