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The Application Of High Speed Photography To Explosive Rock Breaking Research In Underground Mining
Author(s): J. R. Brinkmann
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Paper Abstract

A system for high speed photography of underground blasting with 16 mm rotating-prism cameras has been developed for the explosive rock break-ing research program in gold mine stoping at the Chamber of Mines Research Organization. This photographic system is a powerful research tool which has greatly enhanced understanding of the blasting process as it provides a visual account of the course of events following explosive initiation. The techniques which provide long duration viewing by means of controlling the expulsion of dust laden gases from the blast hole are presented. Also covered are the camera protection measures which enable camera placement within three metres of the blast. A lighting system consisting of expendable flashbulb banks coupled to a microprocessor based sequence controller has been developed and is described in a companion paper by Holden. Generalised accounts of the blasting process and specific findings from photographic studies are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1987
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 0674, 17th Intl Congress on High Speed Photography and Photonics, (1 September 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.975539
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J. R. Brinkmann, Chamber of Mines of South Africa Research Organization (South Africa)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0674:
17th Intl Congress on High Speed Photography and Photonics
Donald Hollingworth; Maurice W. McDowell, Editor(s)

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