Tag: Anthony Konya

Richard Ash presented key ratios 56 years ago that could be applied throughout surface blasting conditions to give comparisons between multiple types of operations. Photo: iStock.com/Xesai

Evaluating the effectiveness of powder factor

June 12, 2019By and

Powder factor design, which does not provide any indication of breakage, muck pile characteristics or environmental considerations, is a dated approach that ultimately costs producers.

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In terms of rock strength, blasts today are often designed only considering rock density because rock generally gets stronger as it gets denser. Photo: iStock.com/xtrekx

Blasting mechanics: Material properties and powder factor

April 17, 2019By and

Read about the true influence rock strength, rock structure, velocity and powder factor have on a quarry blast’s effectiveness.

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Today’s commercial explosives are compound mixtures that contain carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen. Photo: iStock.com/Pattadis Walarput

Blasting mechanics revisited: Characteristics of explosives

March 20, 2019By and

Exploring modern products, including the function and selection of explosives based on properties and cost for your blasting process.

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After decades of experimentation, blasters today have a good understanding of the key components to an effective blast. Photo: Kevin Yanik

Blasting Mechanics Revisited: The mechanics of rock breakage

January 28, 2019By

Part 1 of a four-part Pit & Quarry series reflects on practical blasting concepts put forth more than a half-century ago, and how they remain highly relevant to aggregate producers today.

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Students learn about cap hook-ups at Missouri S&T. Photo courtesy of Anthony Konya

Training tomorrow’s leaders to work safely

October 22, 2018By , and

The University of Missouri Science & Technology puts the art of experiential learning into effect for the next generation of engineers and supervisors.

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Rhythmic timing practices in drilling and blasting applications

May 25, 2018By and

Proper design and critical timing functions should be incorporated into your method to deliver better blast results.

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Resolving explosives inefficiency

May 15, 2017By and

Get a rundown on the use of proper stemming for decreasing noise and increasing fragmentation in blasting.

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