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Effects of primer type and borehole diameter on AN-FO detonation velocities.
Min Cong J 1974 Jun; 60(6):46-47, 50-52
Approximately 75 percent (or 2 billion pounds per year) of all explosives and blasting agents used in the United States is ammonium nitrate-fuel oil (AN-FO). Strip mining accounts for about 50 percent of the total AN-FO consumption, and construction, metal mining, and quarrying account for about 50 percent. The federal Bureau of Mines, to help resolve some of the confusion about proper AN-FO utilization, initiated an investigation to vary pertinent parameters that are under the control of the mine operator and to determine their effects on detonation velocity of AN-FO. This paper reports on those investigations.
Issue of Publication
Mining Congress Journal
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division