Improved control of toxic fumes from blasting

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Coordinator Luleå tekniska universitet - Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser
Funding from Vinnova SEK 1 106 000
Project duration July 2015 - March 2017
Status Completed
Venture The strategic innovation programme for mining and metal recovery – STRIM

Purpose and goal

This project aims to improve knowledge on the generation of toxic fumes from the detonation of commercial explosives in rock. The main objective is to reduce personnel exposure to the toxic fumes. The project focuses on blasting in open pit and underground. The general objective is to support the Swedish mining industry, contractors and explosives manufacturers with findings and recommendations for the use of explosives.

Expected results and effects

This is to minimize personnel exposure to toxic fumes and optimize the time for safe re-entry into areas where the blast occurred. A further objective is to achieve an improved adaptation of explosives to rock conditions which in itself contributes to reduced emissions of toxic fumes and their impact on environment. By achieving these goals one can get improved sustainability, increased productivity (through optimized ventilation times) as well as provide support for the development of new explosives.

Planned approach and implementation

The research project is carried out by researchers in co-operation with technical staff from industrial partners. It is divided in two workpackages; detailed studies in lab and full-scale tests in a mining environment.

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Last updated 25 November 2019

Reference number 2015-01262

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