Divided into two volumes, this accessible work describes the principles involved in hard rock blasting as applied to open pit mines. A large number of examples illustrate the application of the principles. The first volume introduces basic engineering concepts and the building blocks that make up a blast design. The second volume goes into more depth to provide a better understanding of the fundamental concepts involved in rock blasting. Both volumes provide a basis for engineers to improve their blasting operations and their understanding of blasting papers that appear in technical literature.
Volume 1 1. An Historical Perspective 2. The Fragmentation System Concept 3. Explosives as a Source of Fragmentation Energy 4. Preliminary Blast Design Guidelines 5. Drilling Patterns and Hole Sequencing 6. Sinking Cut Design 7. Bulk Blasting Agents 8. Initiation Systems 9. Environmental Effects 10. Perimeter Blasting Volume 2 11. Fundamentals of Explosives 12. Blasting in the Absence of a Free Surface 13. The Effect of the Shock Wave 14. Attenuation 15. Spherical Charges 16. Cylindrical Charges 17. Decoupling 18. Heave 19. The Basics of Cratering 20. Hydrodynamic-Based Models 21. Selected Russian Contributions