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Qidong Gao, Zhendong Leng, Ruipeng Yang, Yaqiong Wang, Ming Chen, Pengchang Sun, Sheng Luo, "Mathematical and Mechanical Analysis of the Effect of Detonator Location and Its Improvement in Bench Blasting", Mathematical Problems in Engineering, vol. 2020, Article ID 6058086, 14 pages, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1155/2020/6058086

# Mathematical and Mechanical Analysis of the Effect of Detonator Location and Its Improvement in Bench Blasting

Revised30 Apr 2020
Accepted13 May 2020
Published04 Jun 2020

#### Abstract

The outcome of bench blasting significantly affects the downstream operations in mining. In bench blasting, the explosives charged in blastholes are generally cylindrically shaped and fired by the in-hole detonator. As the detonator determines the propagation of the detonation wave in the cylindrical charge, the effect of detonator location can never be ignored. In this paper, the mathematics and mechanics of the effect of detonator location was analyzed from the view of the distribution of explosion energy and blast stress field of a cylindrical charge. Then, a field blasting experiment and two numerical simulations were conducted to further display its effect on blasting outcomes. At last, the appearance of oversize boulders and rock toes in bench blasting was discussed, and an improved scheme of the detonator location was proposed to cope with these problems. Results indicate that the in-hole detonator has the capacity of adjusting the spatial distribution of explosion energy and blast stress field in the surrounding rock mass. The traditional recommendation of the bottom detonator is not always right. The optimized detonator location in bench blasting is available by properly combining the merits of traditional detonator locations. This study is of interest to improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of mining.

#### 1. Introduction

Blasting is generally the initial stage of rock breakage in mines, quarries, or geotechnical constructions, and its outcome plays a strong role in all downstream operations, such as loading, hauling, and crushing [14]. In practice, bench blasting is the most widely used operation pattern [5, 6]. However, oversize boulders and rock toes that significantly affect the efficiency and cost of downstream operations often appear in the conventional bench blasting [7]. Hence, many studies devoting to achieving desired blasting outcomes can be witnessed in the past, see [812] for example. In bench blasting, the explosives charged in blastholes are usually cylindrically shaped and fired by the in-hole detonator. Due to the geometry characteristic and finite velocity of detonation (VOD), the detonation of the cylindrical charge exhibits directional and time effects [13]. Moreover, with the rapid advance in drilling machines, the blasting gradually develops to large-diameter and deep-hole blasting [7], where the directional and time effects are increasingly obvious. Therefore, the detonator location that determines the propagation of the detonation wave can never be ignored in bench blasting.

The previous studies related to the detonator location mainly focused on the rock fragmentation and blast stress field. Long et al. [14] investigated the effect of detonator location on the rock fragmentation outcome in iron mine, based on the analysis of the usage ratio of explosive energy. Zhang [15] tried to increase the ore extraction by changing the detonator location and conducted many field verification experiments in LKAB Malmberget mine in Sweden. Onederra et al. discovered that the rock damage degree at the top section is relatively larger if the detonator is placed at the hole bottom, when using the HSBM (Hybrid Stress Blasting Model) method to simulate blasting [16]. Liu et al. [17] studied the effect of detonator location on boulders and rock toes in bench blasting via the numerical simulation and blasting practice. Leng et al. [18] discussed the nonideal detonation reaction at the primary initiation stage of the explosive and compared the rock fragmentation outcomes between side-initiation and end-initiation. Unlike the spherical charge where the source radiation is the same in all directions [19], the radiation pattern of the cylindrical charge is uniform. The typical investigation of the radiation pattern of a column explosive source is the work by Heelan [20]. He derived the displacement solution of a short column cavity, and the result indicates that the P- and SV-waves are simultaneously beamed out from the explosive source and channeled in certain directions [20]. Afterwards, Jordan, Abo-zena, and White also discussed the radiation pattern of a short column explosive source [2123]. The blast stress field of an extended cylindrical charge can be approximated by summing the contributions of the short element charges along the entire length [24]. Many related investigations show that the amplitude of the blast stress or vibration of a cylindrical charge exists directional effect, i.e., the amplitudes at the forward direction of the detonation wave are higher than those at the backward direction, such as the works by Gong, Vanbrabant, Triviño, and Liu [2528].

As illustrated in Figure 1, the detonators were traditionally placed at the top, bottom, or midpoint sections of the explosive charge. Beyond that, as the blastholes tend to deepen, two detonators are simultaneously employed to prevent misfires of the explosive in practice. By considering the acting time of gaseous products, most previous researchers recommended the bottom detonator location [14]. However, they ignored the effect of detonator location on the spatial distribution of explosion energy transmitted into the surrounding rock mass. The existing studies have displayed a part of the effect of the detonator location, but its underlying acting mechanism is still not well explained. The current understanding of the detonator location is not enough for the rapid developing requirements of blasting. It is thus necessary to further analyze the mathematics and mechanics of the effect of detonator location on blasting outcomes.

This paper aims to enhance the understanding of the effect of detonator location in bench blasting, so as to improve the outcome of bench blasting. It is divided into three main sections: the theoretical analysis, the experimental and numerical verification, and the proposed improvement of detonator location. In the first section, the effect of detonator location was analyzed both mathematically and mechanically from the point of the distribution of explosion energy and blast stress field of a cylindrical charge. Then, a single-hole blasting experiment as well as two numerical simulations was further implemented to display the effect of detonator location on blasting outcomes. At last, problems of the oversize boulders and rock toes faced in bench blasting were discussed, and an improved scheme of detonator location was proposed based on the idea of combining the merits of top and bottom detonator locations. This study is of interest to improve the efficiency and profit in mining.

#### 2. Mathematical and Mechanical Analysis of the Effect of Detonator Location

##### 2.1. Effect of Detonator Location on Energy Distribution

In bench blasting, the explosives charged in blastholes are cylindrically shaped. It is well accepted that the explosive detonation is a complex chemical reaction process along with the chemical energy transforming to the internal and kinetic energy of the detonation products. Based on the Chapman–Jouguet theory, Figure 2 illustrates the detonation reaction of the explosive and the propagation of the detonation wave. For the cylindrical charge, the detonation reaction exhibits time and directional effects along the entire length [13]. Consequently, the distribution of the detonation products and explosion energy is inevitably affected by the location of the firing point (the detonator location in practice).

To simplify the problem, the one-dimensional flow model, assuming that the cylindrical charge is placed in a vacuum rigid pipe [29], was used to analyze the distribution of detonation products and explosion energy. As plotted in Figure 3, the length of the charge is defined as l, and the lengths at the left and right sides of the firing point are, respectively, b and a. The initial density and detonation velocity are, respectively, and V0, and the cross section area of the explosive is S. The steady detonation velocity is denoted by V.

Firstly, the motion law of detonation products is expressed as equation (1) assuming that the detonation products are isentropic:where u is the particle velocity of detonation products, c is the local sonic velocity, is the adiabatic exponent, and + and −, respectively, denote the left and right propagation waves. If setting , as is rational for most condensed explosives, equation (1) can be simplified as

Then, the characteristic line of the motion equation is solved aswhere B is the integration constant. As illustrated in Figure 3, the shock wave and the rarefaction wave will simultaneously propagate to the left and right sides once the explosive is fired. It can be solved from equation (3) that, for the right propagation case (the charge is fired at the left end), the velocity of the shock wave and rarefaction wave propagating to the right side is −V, while the velocity of the rarefaction wave propagating to the left side is . Similarly, for the left propagation case (the charge is fired at the right end), the velocity of the shock wave and rarefaction wave propagating to the left side is , while the velocity the rarefaction wave propagating to the right side is . Hence, the motion track of detonation products is a group of parallel lines, as expressed in the following equation:

As illustrated in Figure 3, there are altogether eight different kinds of flow fields appearing in the pipe. They are, respectively, the static zone I, the rightwards simple wave zone II, the leftwards simple wave zone III, the right complex wave zone IV, the left complex wave zone V, the rightwards simple wave zone VI, the leftwards simple wave zone VII, and the middle complex wave zone VIII. Table 1 lists the time-space solutions of the motion equation in different flow fields [29].

 Flow field no. Time-space solution Flow field no. Time-space solution I V II VI III VII IV VIII

After sufficient time, only five flow fields (IV∼VIII) are remained, with the three (IV, VI, and VIII) of them distributed at the right side and the other three (V, VII, and VIII) distributed at the left side. By substituting the time-space solutions u and c (refer to Table 1) into equation (5), the mass and energy of detonation products flowing into the left and right sides can be computed by the following equations:where M and E are, respectively, the mass and energy of detonation products, and the subscripts b and a, respectively, denote the mass and energy distributed to the left and right sides. For a special case, assuming that b = 0 and a = l (the charge is fired at the left end), equations (6) and (7) can be further simplified as

Equations (6) and (7) indicate that the distribution of detonation energy is closely associated with the parameters b and a, i.e., the location of the firing point. It can be concluded from equations (8) and (9) that more detonation products and energy are distributed to the forward direction of the detonation wave. If the cylindrical charge is fired at the left end, the mass of detonation products and the energy distributed to the right side is, respectively, 1.25 and 1.45 times of those distributed to the left side. It has to be clarified that the practical blasting is much more complicated than the one-dimensional model. However, the above analysis revealed that the detonator location plays a significant role in the energy distribution of a cylindrical charge.

##### 2.2. Effect of Detonator Location on Blast Stress Field

The blast stress field of a cylindrical charge is usually approximated by summing the contributions of the short element charges along the entire length [24], as shown Figure 4. The total length of the charge is defined as l, and it is divided into n short element charges. As the explosive velocity of detonation is not infinite high and exhibits as the same level of the sonic velocity of rock mass, the phase delay effect between the element charges cannot be ignored. Taking the bottom detonator case as an example (see Figure 4), the source radiation from the element charge is earlier than the element charge i. For the observation point P that is located at the top side, the stress amplitudes of the subsequent element charges become larger and larger, for the subsequent element charges are closer to the observation point. On the contrary, the contributions from the subsequent charge elements for the point Q located at the bottom side become weaker and weaker. It is not hard to conclude that the blast stress field of a cylindrical charge is also strengthened at the forward direction of the detonation wave.

In this computation model, if supposing that the source of the element charge is spherically radiated, the source function can be described as [28]where is the amplitude of the stress wave at the distance R and shows an attention of , describes the wave shape of the element charge, and is the travel time of the stress wave from each element charge to the observation point. The wave shape here is described by a damped sine wave, as expressed in the following equation:where and are, respectively, the damping coefficient and angular frequency. Then, the total blast stress solution can be computed by

The travel time and distance of each element charge can be written aswhere C is the sonic velocity of rock mass.

Figure 5 plots the contour line of the peak blast stress of the cylindrical charge that is fired at the bottom. It indicates that the blast stress field of a cylindrical charge is not uniformly distributed but strengthened at the top side. The blast stress at the top side is 38% larger than that at the bottom side. It needs to be pointed that although the source of the short explosive column is actually not spherically radiated, the mathematical analysis in Figure 5 helps revealing the effect of detonator location on the distribution of blast stress field.

In summary, the effect of detonator location can be interpreted as the following two points. On the one hand, the energy distribution of a cylindrical charge is closely associated with the detonator location and more energy is distributed to the forward direction of the detonation wave. On the other hand, due to the phase delay effect, the blast stress of a cylindrical charge is not uniformly distributed but strengthened at the forward direction of the detonation wave either. The underlying effect is that the detonator determines the propagation of the detonation wave and thereby has the capacity of adjusting the distribution of explosion energy and blast stress field.

#### 3. Experimental Verification of the Effect of Detonator Location

##### 3.1. Experiment Design

To verify the effect of detonator location, a single-hole blasting experiment was conducted during the foundation excavation of a hydropower station. As shown in Figure 6, four vertical blastholes were set at the square corners. The length of the square was 3.5 m, and all the blastholes were 6.0 m in depth and 100 mm in diameter. The explosive adopted was 2# rock emulsion, and the charge length was 4.5 m and 32 mm in diameter. The detailed drill and blast parameters are listed in Table 2.

 Hole diameter (mm) Hole depth (m) Spacing (m) Charge diameter (mm) Charge length (m) Charge weight (kg) 100 6.0 3.5 32 4.5 4.5

All the blastholes were fired in the same blasting network (see Figure 7), and the nonelectric millisecond (MS) detonator was used to separate each shot. The delay time was, respectively, MS1 (0 ms), MS5 (110 ms), MS9 (310 ms), and MS13 (650 ms). As plotted in Figure 8, the detonators in blastholes A and B were placed at the top section of the explosive, while those in blastholes C and D were placed at the bottom section. It should be pointed that the iron balls were placed at the bottom of blastholes A and C. In addition, the coupling medium between the explosive and rock mass is rock debris. The design of iron balls is beyond the scope of this study, and the detailed introduction refers to Hu et al. [30, 31]. In fact, this is a combined experiment, but it does not affect the contrast groups, i.e., boreholes A versus C and boreholes B versus D.

As illustrated in Figure 9, three uniaxial vibration sensors (CDJ28) were installed in the monitoring hole. They were, respectively, 1.0 m, 1.5 m, and 2.0 m below the blasthole bottom. It needs to be pointed that the vibration sensors were fixed on a bamboo slip in advance and then placed into the monitoring hole and coupled with the rock mass using cement slurry. The instrument TC-4850, made by Chengdu Zhongke Measurement and Control Ltd., China, was used to record the blast vibration signal. It measures velocity and has a wide range of 0.001∼35.4 cm/s. The sampling rate was taken as 125 μs, i.e., recording 8000 samples per second. It begins recoding (5 s duration with 0.1∼0.2 s of pretrigger) when the particle velocity exceeds the preset threshold (0.10 cm/s). Figure 10 presents the blast vibration monitoring system adopted in the field experiment.

##### 3.2. Test Results

Figure 11 presents the pictures of rock mass after blasting. It shows that the features of the rock mass of the four blastholes are quite different. For blastholes A and B, where the detonator is placed at the top section, only slight heave movement of the rock mass can be witnessed along with the formation of few blasting cracks. However, visible blasting craters are formed and many rock fragments are thrown outwards for blastholes C and D, where the detonator is located at the hole bottom. Moreover, the rock mass for blastholes C and D is darker than that for blastholes A and B because the rock mass with higher humidity surrounding blastholes C and D is lifted out by the upwards transmitting explosion energy. Obviously, more explosion energy is transmitted upwards if the detonator is located at the bottom section. Figure 11 provides a solid evidence on the effect of detonator location on the distribution of explosion energy.

Figure 12 plots the typical velocity time-history recorded by the #2 vibration senor, which contains four evident signals that are separated at the time axis. They are, respectively, the blast vibration induced by blastholes AD. Table 3 lists the peak particle velocities (PPVs), and Figure 13 illustrates the comparison of PPVs according to the designed contrast groups.

 Sensor no. PPV (cm/s) Blasthole A Blasthole B Blasthole C Blasthole D #1 18.37 32.50 14.51 — #2 19.21 34.40 11.09 21.47 #3 19.33 27.55 7.92 14.07

The contrast groups in Figure 13 indicate that the amplitude of blast vibration is closely associated with the detonator location. The PPVs under the bottom detonator (blastholes C and D) are 21.0%∼59% smaller than those under the top detonator (blastholes A and B). The test results demonstrate that the blast vibration at the forward direction of the detonation wave is larger than that at the backward direction. This should be attributed to the combined results of the effect of detonator location on the distribution of explosion energy and blast stress field, as was analyzed in Section. 2.

#### 4. Numerical Simulation of the Effect of Detonator Location

As was stated above, the mathematics and mechanics analysis and the experimental results both indicate that the detonator location plays an important role in the distribution of explosion energy and blast stress field. However, its effect on rock fragmentation is still not well displayed. Therefore, based on the widely used LS-DYNA program, the effect of detonator location is further investigated in this section.

##### 4.1. Damage Distribution of a Single Cylindrical Charge
###### 4.1.1. Model and Parameters

As illustrated in Figure 14, a three-dimensional model was developed to reproduce the blasting of a cylindrical charge in the infinite rock mass. Only a quarter of the cuboid was constructed according to the symmetric property of the problem. The model dimension is 5.0 m × 5.0 m × 10.0 m (length × width × height), and it contains 38, 902 elements and 46, 625 nodes. Except for the symmetric boundaries, the nonreflecting boundaries were applied to all the other sides of the model to eliminate the boundary reflection.

The cylindrical charge is 3 m in length and 32 mm in diameter. The widely used Jones–Wilkens–Lee (JWL) equation of state was used to simulate the detonation of explosive, as expressed in the following equation:where P is the detonation pressure, V is the relative volume of detonation products, E is the internal energy with an initial value of E0, and A, B, R1, R2, and ω are the parameters related to explosive types. The explosive adopted was the #2 rock emulsion, and its JWL parameters refer to Li et al. [32], as listed in Table 4, where VOD is the explosive velocity of the detonator, and PCJ is the Chapman–Jouguet pressure.

 Density (kg/m3) VOD (m/s) PCJ (GPa) A (GPa) B (GPa) R1 R2 ω 1000 3600 3.24 220 0.2 4.5 1.1 0.35

In recent years, with the rapid development of simulation techniques, various kinds of constitutive models were developed to record the mechanic behavior of rock mass [33]. Lu et al. [34, 35] developed a user-defined model that incorporates the compressive damage into the existing tensile damage model to simulate the rock damage during blasting. This model is named as the tensile-compressive damage model and has shown its outstanding ability in revealing the mechanic behavior of rock mass near the blasthole. It is thus also adopted in the present numerical simulation. The detailed introduction and establishment of this model refers the work of Lu et al. [34, 35].

The core of this model is that it comprehensively accounts for the tensile and compressive damage, as expressed in the following equations:where Dt and Dc are, respectively, the tensile and compressive damage scalars, is the degraded Poisson’s ratio, and Cd is the crack density, λ is the damage sensitivity coefficient, is the plastic power rate, and D is the unified scalar that describes the most unfavorable factors of tensile and compressive damage. Then, the degraded bulk modulus and shear modulus can be written as

Subsequently, the constitutive law could be described as the form of the increment Hooke’s law, as expressed in the following equation:where and are, respectively, the volumetric and deviatoric strains and is the Kronecker delta function. Using the user subroutine interface in the LS-DYNA software, the code of the above constitutive law can be inserted into the source program. Table 5 lists the corresponding physical parameters of rock mass in the computation, where KIC is the fracture toughness of the material and k and m are the damage coefficients.

 Density (kg/m3) Elastic modulus (GPa) Poisson’s ratio Tensile intensity (MPa) Damage parameters KIC (MN/m3/2) λ (kg/J) k m 2530 40 0.22 2 2.33 × 1024 7 0.92 0.0001
###### 4.1.2. Numerical Results

Three different calculation conditions, including the bottom detonator, midpoint detonator, and two-end detonators were completed by the above numerical model. Figure 15 gives the blast-induced damage distribution of the cylindrical charge under differing detonator locations. It indicates that the damage of the cylindrical charge is not uniformly distributed and controlled by the detonator location. For the bottom detonator case, the damage preferentially develops to the top side and the damage radius at the top-end section is 2.5 times of that at the bottom-end section (see Figure 15(a)), whereas the detonation waves under the midpoint and two-end detonator cases simultaneously propagate to the two ends or midpoint of the charge. Therefore, for the midpoint detonator case (see Figure 15(b)), the damage radius at the two-end section is 1.4 times of that at the middle section, while for the two-end detonator case (see Figure 15(c)), the damage radius at the middle section is 3.0 times of that at the two-end section. It is not hard to say that the blast-induced damage preferentially develops to the forward direction of the detonation wave. The simulation of the cylindrical charge helps in visually displaying the effect of detonator location on blasting outcomes.

##### 4.2. Simulation of the Multihole Blasting
###### 4.2.1. Model and Parameters

To further compare the rock fragmentation effects under differing detonator locations, another three-dimensional model was developed to simulate a simple multihole blasting. As shown in Figure 16, the model dimension is 15.4 m × 6.8 m × 10.0 m (length × width × height), including 195520 elements and 202554 nodes. The simulation contains three blastholes, and the Burden × Spacing is 0.9 m × 1.8 m. The blastholes are all 5.0 m in depth and 90 mm in diameter. The charging length is 3.5 m and 70 mm in diameter. Except for the free surface, the nonreflecting boundaries were applied to the other surfaces of the model.

It needs to be pointed that the physical parameters of the rock mass at the top surface are different from those inside, because the parameter degradation would be unavoidably caused by the excavation damage from the last step or the surface relaxation. Thus, in this simulation, it is assumed that, within 1.5 m inside the top surface, the rock parameters gradually increase from outside to inside in a linear way, and beyond the range, the rock parameters remain the same.

###### 4.2.2. Numerical Results

Figure 17 gives the damage distribution at the cross section I–I under differing detonator locations. Besides, Figure 18 plots the rock damage profile at the bottom zone of the blastholes. They indicate that the rock fragmentation effects are greatly affected by the detonator location. For the top detonator case, the damage preferentially develops to the hole bottom, so the damage profile looks like an inverted funnel (see Figure 17(a)). The downwards transmitting explosion energy under top detonator location is beneficial to the rock fragmentation at the hole bottom, but weakens the rock breakage at the top zone, and thereby causes some boulders. On the contrary, the damage profile under bottom detonator location is an erected funnel (see Figure 17(b)), as the damage preferentially develops to the top zone. Although the upwards transmitting explosion energy releases the problem of boulders, its poor function on the rock breakage at the hole bottom produces some rock toes. For the midpoint detonator location, the detonation waves simultaneously propagate upwards and downwards, so the damage profile approaches to a cylinder with a slightly narrow zone at the middle section (see Figure 17(c)). In a word, as for the rock fragmentation, each detonator location has its merits and demerits. The simulation of the multihole blasting is valuable to enhance the understanding of the effect of detonator location on the rock fragmentation in bench blasting.

#### 5. Discussion on Improvement of the Detonator Location in Bench Blasting

##### 5.1. Problems Faced in Bench Blasting

The bench blasting is a key step of the whole mining production. The cost and efficiency of loading, hauling, crushing, and grinding operations are seriously affected by its outcome. However, boulders or oversize boulders are often produced in practice, as shown in Figure 19. These boulders not only affect the production efficiency but also increase the cost of secondary breakage and transportation. In addition, as shown in Figure 20, the rock toes, as are defined as the hard ridges above the bench floor, are also a confusing problem in bench blasting. The rock toes will become an obstacle to the movement of the backward rock mass in the next bench blasting and thereby produce more serious rock toes. Great efforts must be attached on the handling of rock toes, which will inevitably delay the blasting operations and increase the cost. Therefore, to ensure the downstream operations, much attention needs to be drawn on reducing the boulders and rock toes in bench blasting.

##### 5.2. An Improved Scheme of the Detonator Location in Bench Blasting

Before this study, most researchers recommended that the detonator should be placed at the hole bottom to guarantee the rock fragmentation and throwing effects. They hold on the view that the bottom detonator can increase the usage ratio of explosion energy from the point of stress wave reflecting theory at the ground surface [14]. However, as was analyzed in the above sections, the detonator location plays an important role in the distribution of explosion energy and blast stress field. The detonator has the capacity of adjusting the spatial distribution of explosion energy transmitting to the surrounding rock mass. Thus, the bottom detonator is not always the best choice, and the detonator should be changed with the onsite conditions.

In fact, the boulders and rock toes are mainly caused by the insufficiency breakage of rock mass at the top or bottom of the blastholes. As for the rock fragmentation, the numerical simulation results indicate that each detonator location has its advantages and disadvantages (see Figure 17). Figure 21 presents an improved scheme of the detonator location in bench blasting, based on the understanding of traditional detonator locations. In this scheme, the explosive is divided into two parts by an inert barrier, and the length ratio of the upper to the lower explosive is about 2.0. The detonator within the lower 1/3 length of the explosive is placed at the top section, so as to adjust the explosion energy transmitting to the hole bottom and reduce the rock toes. While the upper 2/3 explosive is used to ensure the rock fragmentation and throwing effects, so the detonator is placed a little lower than the middle section. The inert barrier here is used to prevent the energy concentration between the upper and lower detonators (see Figure 16(c)). The improved scheme comes from an idea of combining the merits of traditional detonator locations, so as to further cope with the boulders and rock toes. More onsite blasting experiments are still needed to verify and optimize this detonator location scheme.

Except for the detonator location, many other factors, such as the drill and blast parameters, the explosive properties, the space-to-burden ratio, and the onsite geological conditions, also greatly affect the outcome of bench blasting. Hence, the detonator location should be considered comprehensively with other influence factors. This paper mainly focuses on the effect of detonator location, so the detailed discussion on other factors is not included.

#### 6. Conclusions

The mathematics and mechanics of the effect of detonator location was analyzed at first. Then, a field experiment as well as two numerical simulations was also conducted to display the effect of detonator location on blasting outcomes. At last, an improved scheme of the detonator location in bench blasting was proposed, according to the understanding of the effect of traditional detonator locations. Several valuable conclusions can be drawn as follows:(1)The in-hole detonator has the capacity of adjusting the spatial distribution of explosion energy and blast stress in the surrounding rock mass. On the one hand, the energy distribution of a cylindrical charge is closely associated with the detonator location, and more energy is distributed to the forward direction of the detonation wave. On the other hand, due to the phase delay effect, the blast stress field of a cylindrical charge is not uniformly distributed but strengthened at the forward direction of the detonation wave either.(2)The experimental results indicate that, for the vertical blasthole, the PPVs below the hole bottom under bottom detonator location are 21%∼59% lower than those under top detonator location. The numerical simulations show that each detonator location has its merits and demerits in terms of the rock fragmentation effect.(3)The traditional recommendation of the bottom detonator is not always right, and the detonator location should be changed with the onsite conditions. The optimized detonator location in bench blasting is available by properly combining the merits of traditional detonator locations.

#### Data Availability

The data used to support the findings of this study are available from the corresponding author upon request.

#### Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this paper.

#### Acknowledgments

This work was supported by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, CHD (no. 300102210123), the Visiting Scholar Fund of Key Laboratory of Rock Mechanics in Hydraulic Structural Engineering, Ministry of Education (no. RMHSE1903), Chinese National Natural Science Foundation (no. 51809016), and Chongqing Municipal Natural Science Foundation (no. cstc2019jcyj-msxmX0645). The authors wish to express their thanks to all supporters.

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