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Mine Roof Vibrations from Underground Blasts, Pilot Knob, Missouri.
Siskind-DE; Snodgrass-JJ; Dick-RA; Quiring-JN
NTIS: PB 228 623 :21 pages
The Bureau of Mines recorded particle accelerations in the mine roof produced by three types of explosives in the Pilot Knob Pellet Company mine, Pilot Knob, Missouri. Examined were the effectiveness of cube root, square root, and two-thirds power scaling in grouping the underground blast vibration data, and the effects of mine geometry, rock type, explosive type, and charge size on blast vibration levels. A propagation law for this mine was determined. The scaling factor of the square root of the charge weight was developed from previous Bureau studies of vibrations from quarry blasts, and in underground blasting both square root and cube root scaling were found applicable for scaling particle vibration data. The vibrations from the Pilot Knob blasts were best grouped by a square- root scaling factor. The empirical propagation equation aw1/2 = 76,250 (r/w1/2)-2.61 Where a is the peak acceleration in g's, w is the charge weight in pounds, and r is the distance from the blast in feet, may be used to describe vibration amplitudes from charges fired with zero delay caps or with a single cap at Pilot Knob.
IH; Report of Investigation;
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS: PB 228 623
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