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Measurement and Assessment of Bulk Explosive Products


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Author G Cavanough, A C Torrance, J Rock and A Olsson


There are various methods currently in use to determine detonation performance of bulk explosive products including velocity of detonation (VOD), high speed photographic analysis, fragmentation analysis and unconfined detonation of samples. For assessment prior to detonation the current practice is limited to a measurement of cup density. This paper presents additional techniques that have been developed to provide measurement and assessment of bulk explosive products. Techniques applicable prior to detonation include a mobile laboratory to allow on-site chemical and physical analysis of sensitised products and ‘in-hole density’ measurement to monitor the in-hole density during sleep time. Assessment of detonation performance is achieved using detonation pressure sensors. These sensors allow measurement of detonation pressure, average VOD, propagation time and magnitude of the pressure induced in the explosive column by detonation of adjacent blastholes.


Cavanough, G, Torrance, A C, Rock, J and Olsson, A, 2015. Measurement and assessment of bulk explosive products, in Proceedings 11th International Symposium on Rock Fragmentation by Blasting, pp 477–484 (The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne).