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Daniel Johansson
Daniel Johansson

Daniel Johansson

Professor and Head of Subject
Luleå University of Technology
Mining and Rock Engineering
Mining and Geotechnical Engineering
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
+46 (0)920 492361
T3353 Luleå
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2011 PhD in Rock Engineering and Rock Mechanics. Supervisor Prof. Finn Ouchterlony

Thesis: Effects of confinement and initiation delay on fragmentation and waste rock compaction - Results from small-scale tests.

2008 Licentiate Degree in Rock Engineering and Rock Mechanics. Supervisor Prof. Finn Ouchterlony

Thesis: Fragmentation and waste rock compaction in small-scale confined blasting

2003 MSc in Civil Engineering. Specializing in Rock Engineering

Current research areas

Development of a methodology to measure the curvature of the detonation front in the civil explosives in field.

Improved understanding of the detonation properties of non-ideal explosive is needed. Today, it is possible to measure with high speed cameras the curvature of a detonation front in lab-scale. Though, to Improve the understanding and link the detonation properties to the actual rock a new measurement technique has to be developed. During spring 2016, I will with my Colleagues design and evaluate new methods Regarding this matter. Trials are planned to be tested in lab scale, where confined charges (mortar cylinder) with Varying diameters and emulsion explosives.


Investigate the work capacity of a civilian explosive, especiallywhen explosive ice interacted with the rock ie coupled charges.

There is a scientific need to understand and measure the actual partitioning of energy from the chemically stored energy into explosives to the detonation and how the energy is Transmitted to the surrounding rock. Understanding this, Could Potentially improvement the breakage of the rock and futures criteria of explosives.


The initial plan is to work with numerical modeling During 2016 and During 2017, field tests will be Carried out and the design will be based upon the numerical results.


The use of shockwave Interactions in rock blasting

This is a part of the energy partitioning, where more Efforts Could be Made to distinguish and understand the effects of shock waves in rock fragmentation. Fundamental Research on dynamic fracture mechanics havebeen applied EARLIER, but still I do see gaps of understanding the complex / 3D volumes and the influence of shock waves on the fragmentation.


Improved breakage and design of sub-level caving blasts; field tests and numerical modeling

Complex designs as for sub-level caving involves multiple technical and scientific challenges. It involves confined blasting, gravity flow and Varying explosives charge distribution. During 2016-2017 it is planned to carry out bothering half-scale and full-scale experiments to Improve the understanding of the dynamics of confined blasting, gravity flow and the breakage characteristics of the blast. In combination of this, detailed numerical modeling of Both SLC blasts and gravity flow is planned to be Carried out.


Toxic fumes from blasting

To Improve the knowledge of production of toxic fumes from the detonation of commercial explosives in rock blasting bothering for surface mining and underground mining. It is Currently the carried out and planned for Further Research During 2016, it will in detail quantify the toxic fumes from common types of emulsion explosive and Will be Carried out bothering in controlled conditions as set Swebrec-LTU blasting chamber and in field (under production conditions )

Blast optimization for mining e understand and characterize blast effects on downstream operations

Focus to link characterization tools and process control techniques to all points along the mining process, to allow them to RESPOND and controlling changes in the in-situ rock mass characteristics. The approach is to understand the blasting operation, later to Optimise IT Against the Demands in to FollowingHistory processes as for example loading / mucking, gravity flow and energy consumption.

Investigate the effect of geological properties on blast damage on the surrounding rock

Current blast damage tables do not take into Consideration the geology as for example the rock type and the presence of natural cracks. There is a need to analyze this and Further Improve the definition and effects of blast damage. The planned research is to analyze the effects of the geological properties on the blasting damage by using Measured While Drilling Data Gathered During Conventional tunnel drilling as an Descriptor of the rock mass. From there, the hypothesis Is that we can with field evaluations / measurements describe the damage level logger with data drilling and core analysis.

Earlier research

The focus areas since Mainly doctorate have been full-scale blasting, Experimental Design and numerical modeling.


Article in journal

Crusher to Mill Transportation Time Calculation—The Aitik Case (2022)

Varannai. B, Johansson. D, Schunnesson. H
Minerals, Vol. 12, nr. 2
Article in journal

Predicting rock fragmentation based on drill monitoring: A case study from Malmberget mine, Sweden (2022)

Manzoor. S, Danielsson. M, Söderström. E, Schunnesson. H, Gustafson. A, Fredriksson. H, et al.
Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Vol. 122, nr. 3, s. 155-165
Article in journal

Rock fragmentation variations with increasing extraction ratio in sublevel caving: a case study (2022)

Manzoor. S, Gustafson. A, Johansson. D, Schunnesson. H
International Journal of Mining, Reclamation and Environment, Vol. 36, nr. 3, s. 159-173
Article in journal

Failure mechanism of rock mass in bench blasting based on structural dynamics (2021)

Chen. M, Wei. D, Yi. C, Lu. W, Johansson. D
Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, Vol. 80, nr. 9, s. 6841-6861
Article in journal

The environmental performance of mining operations (2021)

Comparison of alternative mining solutions in a life cycle perspective
Lai. F, Beylot. A, Navarro. R, Schimek. P, Hartlieb. P, Johansson. D, et al.
Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 315