Blast Monitoring Using High Speed Video Research Equipment


During the short duration of an explosive blast, many events occur which are too quick to be detected or observed in detail with the naked eye or by normal photographic techniques. Through the use of 'hightech', high speed video, many of these events can be observed, instantly played back and recorded for later use. The use of a Spin Physics SP 2000 Motion Analysis System at a blast casting operation is presented. The variable range of recording speeds offered by the SP 2000 allowed it to be used for examination of different areas of blasts. At its maximum full frame rate of 2000 frames per second the SP 2000 can easily pick up the flame front as it travels down a nonel tube and the flash from the surface delays as they fire. The system was used for a variety of tasks including, but not limited to, the determination of delay accuracy to within 0. 5 ms, the velocity and trajectory of the faces during blasts, and pinpointing geological problem areas. The effectiveness of the system as used on site is discussed along with detailed method of set up, recording, playback and data processing. Other details including site specific environmental and lighting problems are also covered.

Meeting Name

Proceedings of the Twelfth Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique.


Mining Engineering

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Article - Conference proceedings

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© 1986 International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE), All rights reserved.

Publication Date

01 Jan 1986

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