How millisecond delay periods may enhance or reduce blast vibration effects

Wheeler, R. M.
Organization: Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration
Pages: 5
Publication Date: Jan 1, 1987
For years the blasting industry has recognized eight milliseconds as the minimum delay time interval required between charges in order for them to be considered to fire independently of each other. However, computer analyses of seismic recordings made of several surface mine blasts reveals that this time interval may not always be sufficient for adequate vibration separation to occur. In some situations a combination of short delay periods and low frequency vibrations can result in waveform reinforcement. Various analyses of seismic recordings obtained from single hole detonations can be used to predict delay intervals that may enhance or reduce blast vibration effects.
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