Effective appliance of drilled wells with noncircular cross-sectional area during mine stripping at the open cast

        In mining industry during geological material extraction preparations are wide spread drilling-and blasting operations. One should spud a hole for blasting charge to explode a rock mass. Nowadays almost all blastholes at the open cast are bored in cylindrical form. However, if the well has, for example, a square or triangular cross section, then its lateral area per volume of blasting material in comparison to the circular one is 12% and 27% bigger [3]. Moreover, the angles, formed by the borehole walls matching, represent the concentrator of tension stress. As a result, there might beobtained predicted quantity and initial main crack propagation direction, where gas is delivered during the explosion, providing the piston type effect.

        Test results sustain, that changes in the form of the borehole lead to the changes in the qualitative composition of exploded mass. It has been established that during explosion of sandy-cement blocks and changing circular form of the borehole to the rectangular or flat form decreases the output of fine and oversized fractions [4].

        During the research on predrilling process at the Public Technical Univercity of Kuzbas n.a. T.F. Gorbachev was produced the prototype of two-roller bit with single-cone rolling cutter (pic. 1). There were predrilled (pic. 2) sand-cement blocks with the following volume of sand to cement ratio — 4:1 [3].

        The suggested drilling tool for forming of blastholes with noncircular cross-section has some significant distinctions and provides:

        1. noncircular wells drilling with tool rotation and avoiding changes in widely spread technology of drilling at the open-cast mining;

        2. series roller-bit drilling rig usage;

        3. wide range of rocks drilling according to the hardness.


Pic. 1. Prototype of square cross-section roller bit for well drilling


Рiс. 2 The view of initially predrilled well

         Usage of suggested drilling tool will provide noncircular cross-sectional wells bursting effect with area. According to the preliminary tests, it will lead to significant decrease of explosive ratio and drilling volume reduction.


1. Bogomolov, I. D., Khusnutdinov, M. K. Analysis of trends in the creation of the Executive body for the drilling of wells with stress concentrators // Improvement of technological processes in the development of mineral deposits: Sat. scientific. Tr., No. 19. – Kemerovo, 2002. Pp. 120 – 124.

2. Bogomolov, I. D., Khusnutdinov, M. K. Geometric and kinematic aspects of drilling non-circular roller bits // Bulletin of the Kuzbass. – 2004. – No. 6.1. – P. 15 – 18.

3. Bogomolov, I. D., Khusnutdinov, M. K. Predrilling square bore roller Dolo-Tom // journal of Olomouc. – 2004. – No. 6.1. – P. 39 – 41.

4. Bogomolov, I. D. the Results of a study of the destruction of the array by drilling round, triangular and rectangular forms / I. D. Bogomolov, A. M. Sequin, M. K. Khusnutdinov // Without-risk activity of enterprises in the coal regions: proceedings of the 4th Intern. nauch.-practical. Conf. 21 – 23 November 2000 – Kemerovo, 2000. – P. 89 – 90.

Source: Khusnutdinov M. K., Timshyn A. N., Malyshkin D. A., Golovin, I. P. // Modern Russian science through the eyes of young researchers : Sat. articles. Vol. 2 / Sci. edited by J. A. Maximov. – Krasnoyarsk: Publishing House. Research and innovation center, 2012. – Pp. 206-209.

Reference: Об эффективности применения скважин с некруглым поперечным сечением при вскрышных работах на карьерах

Presentation: The efficiency of the blast hole with a square cross-section


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