Using blasting caps with electronic delay units, and programmable delay times down to 1 ms, it has become possible to employ wave superposition in rock blasting. It has been hypothesized that fragmentation is improved in areas between blastholes where the tensile waves meet, overlap and interact. An improved fragmentation can, in turn, result in reduced costs for both blasting and transportation of the blasted rock, improved environmental aspects, and reductions in energy consumption during crushing and grinding of the blasted rock, as well as improved metal recovery. In this project, the above hypothesis was further studied in conjunction with developing computational tools for simulation of blasting with electronic programmable delay caps.
The theme of RockEng22 is Canadian Strengths and Future Directions in Rock Mechanics.
Jan is a software engineer with a focus on application development for enterprise solutions as well as consumer products. He joined several of his former companies as small startups with only a handful of employees and helped them grow to become successful public corporations. One product earned a “Best of Innovation” award from CES® by the Consumer Technology Association. Jan has a B.S. degree in Computer Science from University of Utah.
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