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Rock Fracture and Blasting - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128026885, 9780128027042

Rock Fracture and Blasting

1st Edition

Theory and Applications

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Author: Zong-Xian Zhang
Paperback ISBN: 9780128026885
eBook ISBN: 9780128027042
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 19th April 2016
Page Count: 528
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Rock Fracture and Blasting: Theory and Applications provides the latest on stress waves, shock waves, and rock fracture, all necessary components that must be critically analyzed to maximize results in rock blasting. The positioning of charges and their capacity and sequencing are covered in this book, and must be carefully modeled to minimize impact in the surrounding environment.

Through an explanation of these topics, author Professor Zhang’s experience in the field, and his theoretical knowledge, users will find a thorough guide that is not only up-to-date, but complete with a unique perspective on the field.

Key Features

  • Includes a rigorous exposition of Stress Waves and Shock Waves, as well as Rock Fracture and Fragmentation
  • Provides both Empirical and Hybrid Stress Blasting Modeling tools and techniques for designing effective blast plans
  • Offers advanced knowledge that enables users to choose better blast techniques
  • Includes exercises for learning and training in each chapter


Geotechnical Engineers, Civil Engineers, Mining Engineers and Researchers. Structural Engineers, and Earthquake Engineers

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Part I—Stress Waves and Shock Waves

2. Stress Waves

3. Shock waves

4. Fracture and Fragmentation

5. Loading Rate Effects

6. Effects of Temperature

7. Effects of Environment (Confining pressure, Water and Cycling loading)

8 Rock drilling

9. Explosives and Initiators

10. Detonation Theory

11. Single-hole blasting—experimental investigation

12. Free Surface and Expansion Space

13. Burden, Spacing and Specific Charge

14. Stemming and Charge Length

15. Air deck, Decoupling Charge, Pre-split and Smooth Blasting

16. Primer placement

17. Delay times

18. Blasting in open cut and drifting

19. Blasting in Open-pit Mining and Quarries

20. Rock Blasting in Underground Mining

21. Numerical simulation of rock blasting

22. Optimum fragmentation in mining engineering

23. Blasting and Mining Economy

24. Impact of rock blasting on mining safety

25. Reduction of ground vibrations


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About the Author

Zong-Xian Zhang

Dr. Zhang has published over 70 articles including 20 ones in international journals such as International Journal Rock Mechanic Mineral Science from Elsevier. Some of them are cited by more than 60-70 in Scopus. One book was also published in China. Has extensive experience on Rock Blasting problem solving.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, The University Centre in Svalbard, Norway

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