Improved blasting through precise initiation
Project: Improved blasting through precise initiation
Client: Luleň University of Technology, Sweden
Description: In this project, Itasca Consultants AB acts as project manager for a government-funded research project awarded to the Luleň University of Technology. The research project aims to study how fragmentation through blasting can be improved by using electronic blasting caps which allow millisecond-precision in initiation. Thus, it is at least theoretically possible to employ wave superposition between blast holes, which could help to increase fragmentation. The project is a mix of laboratory model tests, full-scale field tests and numerical modeling, carried out by researchers at the university and within mining companies (Boliden Mineral AB and LKAB) in Sweden.