College of Engineering

Explosives & Blasting

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Program Summary

SUMMER 2021
Application Dates: 04/16/2021
Start Dates: 05/11/2021
FALL 2021
Application Dates: 07/23/2021
Start Dates: 08/23/2021
Spring 2022
Application Dates: 12/6/2021
Start Dates: 01/10/2022
CREDITS AND COST
Credits required: 9
Cost per credit: $693

Jhon Silva Castro

Associate Professor

Department of Mining Engineering

Josh Calnan

Director of Blasting and Explosives Research

Department Research Coordinator

College of Engineering

230 Mining and Minerals Resources Building

Lexington, KY 40506-0503

(859) 257-6336

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Discover more and gain the advantage in the world of mining and civil engineering. Learn about the most advanced tools and analysis techniques for design and control of bench blasting, cast blasting, and underground blasting, along with the monitoring, prevention, and assessment of the secondary effects of blasting.

Program Summary

SUMMER 2021
Application Dates: 04/16/2021
Start Dates: 05/11/2021
FALL 2021
Application Dates: 07/23/2021
Start Dates: 08/23/2021
Spring 2022
Application Dates: 12/6/2021
Start Dates: 01/10/2022
CREDITS AND COST
Credits required: 9
Cost per credit: $693

Acquire practical blasting knowledge for mining and construction industries.

The online certificate program is comprised of three core courses (9 credit hours) for students with basic knowledge of blasting or four courses (12 credit hours) for students without any previous experience with blasting.

MNG 331 – Explosives and Blasting This introductory course covers the practical aspects of surface blasting (quarries, road cuts, etc.).  Topics include explosive types and selection, basic blast design, environmental impacts, regulations, and safety.

The remaining three classes build upon the topics covered in MNG 331.

MNG 531 – Advanced Blast Design and Technology.   This course focuses on detonation theory and applications in commercial blasting operations.  Topics include blast design (with more focus on underground blasting), accidental industrial explosions.

MNG 621 – Instrumentation for Blasting and Blast Mitigation.  This course instrumentation in day-to-day fieldwork (i.e., ground vibration monitoring and aerial photogrammetry) and more advanced instrumentation for research (high-speed cameras, pressure sensors, gas monitoring). 
NOTE: This course requires in-person presence on the University of Kentucky campus for a one-day hands-on operation of advanced instrumentation systems in a laboratory setting.

MNG 625 – Environmental Aspects of Blasting.  This course covers advanced topics including blast mechanics and the rock fracturing and fragmentation process. We also incorporate overbreak control such as presplitting, blast vibration and airblast characteristics. Regulations, monitoring, and control, and flyrock control are definite course subjects. 

 

 

 

The video was recorded from the bottom of the pit and includes the warning sound (horn) followed by, the sound of the shot. It is also possible to see the displacement of the fragmented rocks (the direction) and the final configuration of the muck pile (the rocks after the shot). All safety procedures to conduct a safe blast are reviewed in MNG 625 Environmental Aspects of Blasting. Ground vibrations control, air over pressure regulations and mitigation are topics of this class. Federal and state regulations are also reviewed and addressed in this class.

 

 

 

 

This is a typical “Cast Blast” drone video (no-sound). This type of blast is used for flat mineral deposits such as coal, and phosphates. The objective of blast casting is to reduce the use of equipment to remove the overburden (no-mineral material), using more explosives (more controlled ejection of material towards the face of the shot). The typical design of a cast blast event is more elaborate than a typical bench blast, as more explosives per volume/tons of rock and the adequate use of electronic detonators to control the ejection of the fragmented rock are used. Cast blast is a blasting technique studied in MNG 531 Advance Blast Design and Technology. An efficient cast blast design can bring benefits to surface operations, represented in reduction of material handling costs. MNG 531 also addresses specialized surface blasting as cast blast, and underground applications.

 

 

 

 

This is part of a project developed by the University of Kentucky Explosives Research Team (UKERT). The project researched the survivability of typical antennas and cables used in underground communication systems subjected to explosions. The system was in operative condition, and a methane explosion was simulated. The systems show some resilience against explosions but with several aspects to be improved. The student in our graduate certificate program will be exposed to other applications involving the study of explosions. In MNG 531 Advance Blast Design and Technology, the characteristics of dust and gases explosions are examined. The importance of the control of concentration of methane and particulate dust in underground coal mines or any other industry (food processing facilities) involving potential explosive dust also explored and studied in this class.


Application Requirements and Process

  1. Background Check
    • Because of the potential misuse of the knowledge on explosives acquired through the online certificate program, each applicant MUST submit to a background check and hold a relevant engineering or related degree prior to enrolling in the program.  At this time, the program is available to domestic students in the U.S.A.
    • IMPORTANT: Clearance in the background check does not mean automatic admission to the certificate program.
    • See below on how to complete and submit the Background Check application.*
       
  2. Complete application to the certificate program and submit the following documents with the completed application
    • CV.
    • Background check showing clearance from ATF and University of Kentucky Police (see below).
    • Personal Statement: An explanation about why you are interested in the certificate.
    • One letter of recommendation. 
    • Writing Sample (optional).

 

*How to Complete and Submit the Background Check Application

The background check can take a minimum of 30 working days to complete. At this time, the program is available to domestic students in the U.S.A. 

The procedure is as follows: 

  1.  Obtain ATF Form F 5400.28  
  2.  Complete and return the form to Dr. Josh Calnan (Director of Blasting and Explosives Research) via USPS at 504 Rose Street, 230 MMRB.Lexington, KY 40506
     or via email at joshcalnan@uky.edu 
    • Complete all blocks with the exception of Block 16.
    • For Block, 14 enter “UK Explosives and Blasting Certificate”
    • For Block 15, enter “Student”
    • IMPORTANT: Do not mail the form directly to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).
  3. Once the ATF completes its inquiry, the application will be sent by the online program director to the University of Kentucky Police for further verification.
  4. An email will be sent to the online program director confirming the student’s status. 
  5. The program director will notify the applicant/student of clearance or denial. If the applicant has obtained clearance they will be eligible for to apply to the certificate program.  Again, it is crucial that all students complete this process before registration in the online certificate. If students fail to follow the procedure, they will not be able to be registered in the online certificate program.  ​

Questions should be directed to Dr. Josh Calnan, the Director of Blasting and Explosives Research, & Department Research Coordinator.


Federal Financial Aid and Certificate Programs

Please note that federal financial aid is not available for certificate programs, but other financial resources may be available on the Financial Aid page.


Contact

Jhon Silva Castro

Associate Professor

Department of Mining Engineering

Josh Calnan

Director of Blasting and Explosives Research

Department Research Coordinator

College of Engineering

230 Mining and Minerals Resources Building

Lexington, KY 40506-0503

(859) 257-6336

State Authorization & Licensure

If you plan to complete a University of Kentucky online program while living outside of Kentucky, you should check the Out-of-State Students page to determine if the University of Kentucky is authorized to provide this program in your state of residence. If you plan to use the degree to seek licensure, you should also determine if the degree meets the educational requirements for licensure in your state.