Document Type: Original Research Paper


Faculty of Mining, Petroleum and Geophysics, Shahrood University of Technology, Shahrood, Iran



Drilling and blasting have numerous applications in the civil and mining engineering. Due to the two major components of rock masses, namely the intact rock matrix and the discontinuities, their behavior is a complicated process to be analyzed. The purpose of this work is to investigate the effects of the geomechanical and geometrical parameters of rock and discontinuities on the rock mass blasting using the UDEC software. To this end, a 2D distinct element code (DEM) code is used to simulate the stress distribution around three blast holes in some points and propagation of the radial cracks caused by blasting. The critical parameters analyzed for this aim include the normal stiffness (JKN) and shear stiffness (JKS), spacing, angle and persistence of joint, shear and bulk modulus, density of rock, and borehole spacing. The results obtained show that the joint parameters and rock modulus have very significant effects, while the rock density has less a effect on the rock mass blasting. Also the stress level has a direct relationship with JKN, JKS, bulk modulus, and the shear modulus has an inverse relationship with the rock density. Moreover, the stress variation in terms of spacing and joint angle indicates sinusoidal and repetitive changes with the place of target point with respect to the blast hole and joint set. Also with a decrease in the JKN and JKS values, the radial cracked and plastic zones around a blast hole show more development. With increase in the joint persistence, the plastic zones decrease around a blast hole.