The Korobkovskoe deposit of ferruginous quartzites is developed using the long-hole open stoping method with levels 60 m high. Blasting is carried out in long holes with diameter of 105 mm and 55 m long directed toward the stope area. This method often results in oversizes and chocking-up of ore chutes. The major cause of increased yield of oversizes and average sizes is uncontrollable deviation of long holes from project position. This study aims to determine the degree of hole deflection with depth and to calculate average size of blasted rocks per the hole length. The research uses the full-scale experiment with directional log plant MIS-42.80 and the analytical calculation of average size of blasted rock. All in all, round 4000 borehole surveys were implemented. It is found that average deflection of boreholes grows from 0.05–0.20 m at a depth of 10 m to 0.4–0.8 m at a depth of 50 m. The novelty of the research consists in finding average size of blasted rock as function of knock rating of explosives, hardness and jointing of rock mass, as well as average spacing of boreholes. The average size of blasted rocks grows from 0.22 to 0.39 m with length of borehole. To reduce the impact of borehole deflection on blasting fragmentation quality, it is recommended to transit to sublevel stoping system with 2–3 sublevels and to use directional drill rigs.

For citation:  Tyupin V. N., Kublikov S. N. Blasting fragmentation of ferruginous quartzites in long deflected holes in the Gubkin Mine, KMAruda. MIAB. Mining Inf. Anal. Bull. 2019;(8):65-73. [In Russ]. DOI: 10.25018/0236-1493-2019-08-0-65-73.


Long-hole open stoping, long hole deflection, directional survey, blasting, average blasted rock size.

Issue number: 8
Year: 2019
ISBN: 0236-1493
UDK: 622.233:622.235
DOI: 10.25018/0236-1493-2019-08-0-65-73
Authors: Tyupin V. N., Kublikov S. N.

About authors: V.N. Tyupin, Dr. Sci. (Eng.), Professor, e-mail:, S.N. Kublikov, Graduate Student, Deputy Chief Engineer for Drilling and Blasting Operations at the Shakhtar Mine Gubkina JSC «Combine KMAruda», Gubkin, Belgorod region, Russia, e-mail:, Belgorod State National Research University, 308015, Belgorod, Russia. Corresponding author: V.N. Tyupin, e-mail:


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