MINING 7069 - Rock Breakage

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

This course covers the principal methods of rock breakage used in mining, including machine mining, drilling and blasting. Machine Mining encompasses rock cutting principles, cutting with picks and discs, the design of cutter heads, effect of wear, assessment of rock cuttability, impact breakage and ripping. Blasting encompasses the chemistry of explosives and mechanics of explosive-rock interaction, selection of commercial explosives, explosive charging techniques, initiation and delay systems, blast design principles for surface and underground mines, safety, environmental and regulatory management, and blast performance assessment and analysis. Drilling encompasses the methods of drilling used in mining and the impact of drilling parameters on performance, selection and costing of drilling equipment.

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