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BLASTHOLE ROTARY DRILLING

AIR REQUIREMENTS
Bailing Velocity
● Bailing velocity is the volume of air that is
used to clear the blasthole annulus.

● Minimum recommended bailing velocity is:


5 - 7000 ft min dry, light materials.
7 - 9000 ft min wet, heavy materials.
Bailing Velocity
● Insufficient bailing of the blasthole will
result in:
– Reduced Productivity - slower Penetration
Rates.
– Increased Total Drilling Cost.
– Reduced Drill Bit Life.
Bailing Velocity
Formula
CFM x 183.3
D2 - d 2
Where
CFM = Compressor CFM adjusted to mine altitude &
temperature.
183.3 = Constant
D2 = Hole Size
d2 = Pipe Size