The in‐situ primary fragmentation that occurs during mining operations (using caving methods) highly depends on pre‐existing fractures. Slip along fracture planes and breakage of rock bridges are the main controls of the fragmentation and block formation process during caving.
The theme of RockEng22 is Canadian Strengths and Future Directions in Rock Mechanics.
Mr. Blanksma develops numerical modeling software for engineering applications. His area of expertise includes finite volume/difference and discrete element numerical methods. His experience includes GUI development for building meshes in continuum codes. Additionally, he has helped in the development of the 2D continuum code FLAC2D. The projects included implementing the Dynamics, and most recently, the Interface functionality in the code.
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