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Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

On-line version ISSN 2411-9717
Print version ISSN 2225-6253

Abstract

MUTINDA, E.K.; ALUNDA, B.O.; MAINA, D.K.  and  KASOMO, R.M.. Prediction of rock fragmentation using the Kuznetsov-Cunningham-Ouchterlony model. J. S. Afr. Inst. Min. Metall. [online]. 2021, vol.121, n.3, pp.107-112. ISSN 2411-9717.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2411-9717/1401/2021.

Assessment of blast fragment size distribution is critical in mining operations because it is the initial step towards mineral extraction. Different empirical models and techniques are available for predicting and investigating the consequences of blasting, one of which is the Kuznetsov-Cunningham-Ouchterlony (KCO) model. In this paper we summarize the advances in the empirical models from inception until now, and explore the improvements that have been made so far with particular emphasis is on the most recent KCO model. Utilization of the model and the errors that arise between expected and the actual outcomes are analysed. The results indicate that the KCO model remains useful for predicting the blast fragmentation at limestone mine sites, despite the availability of other advanced prediction models. It is also a valuable instrument for pre-surveying the impact of varying certain parameters of a blast plan.

Keywords : blasting; rock fragmentation; modelling; prediction.

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