rotary blasthole drilling

rotary blasthole drilling

[′rōd·ə·rē ′blast‚hōl ‚dril·iŋ]
(mining engineering)
A term applied to two types of drilling: in quarrying and open pit mining it implies rotary drilling with roller-type bits, using compressed air for cuttings removal, either conventional rotary table drive or hydraulic motor to produce rotation, with hydraulic or wire-line mechanisms to add part of the weight of the drill to the weight of the tools to increase bit pressure; and in underground mining and sometimes aboveground, it implies the drilling of small-diameter blastholes with a diamond drill, using either coring or noncoring diamond bits.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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