Selecting the optimal drilling and blasting design for underground excavations in underground <br> copper mine “Jama” Bor
Drilling and blasting operations are very important part of underground excavation design. They should be performed in accordance with some criteria, such as fragmentation, excavation stability and cost. In the paper are considered three drilling and blasting designs in order to reach the optimal one. To do so, all the criteria should be simultaneously considered in the analysis. For analysis is used Analytic Hierarchy Process – AHP method. Using AHP method, drilling and blasting patterns in underground copper mine “Jama” Bor are investigated and analysed. According to the obtained results, alternative 2 with contour drilling and blasting pattern was selected to be the best decision. Application of this alternative comparatively satisfies both fragmentation and excavation stability.
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