Emulsion explosives and their density
Liquid emulsion explosives are commonly implemented downhole for underground blasting.
The density of emulsion explosives is a crucial parameter for ensuring a steady state and predictable detonation in-situ. However, elevated downhole pressures may increase density beyond optimal and potentially lead to a failed detonation.
Previous research suggests there is a gap with measuring the emulsion’s density in-situ due to its complex, four-phase makeup and the inaccessibility in-situ. Moreover, there are no lab-scale techniques reported that have been used for monitoring density for purposes of scale-up. Evidently, the opportunity for a solution to this problem lies with the development of an in-situ density-monitoring system to provide blasting experts with real-time density data to validate and better forecast emulsion detonations.
Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials
Michael Anthony Phillips