Document Type: Case Study


1 Department of Mining Engineering, Hamedan University of Technology, Hamedan Iran

2 Faculty of Mining Engineering, Petroleum & Geophysics, Shahrood University of Technology, Shahrood, Iran.

3 Faculty of Mining Engineering, Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz, Iran.


In this paper, after collecting the rock samples from eight mines and one high way slope, the tests for determination of dry density, Uniaxial Compressive Strength, tensile Strength (Brazilian Test), elastic modulus, Schmidt hammer rebound number have been done on samples. In addition, in order to calculating the mean size of rock grains, quartz content, hardness and abrasivity, a thin sections of each rock have been studied. Then, the rock samples have been drilled using actual pneumatic top hammer drilling machine with 3½ inches diameter cross type bit. The regression analyses showed that Brazilian tensile strength (R2=0.81), uniaxial compressive strength (R2=0.77) and Schmidt hammer rebound (R2=0.73) are the most effective parameters on drilling rate and have a partly good correlation with drilling rate.