Authors: Galluzzi, R; Holden, M; Dodds, A; Matthews, J; Bennett, A

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Galluzzi, R, Holden, M, Dodds, A, Matthews, J & Bennett, A 2023, 'Design, development and testing of the Falcon Bolt', in J Wesseloo (ed.), Ground Support 2023: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Ground Support in Mining, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, pp. 271-284,

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This paper introduces the Falcon Bolt – a self-drilling hollow bolt with a unique mechanical anchoring system developed for use in the underground hard rock mining environment. The Falcon Bolt aims to deliver several key innovations including reduced installation time, pre-tension during installation and high dynamic capacity. This paper will present the results of comprehensive testing and demonstrate how a datadriven iterative process was implemented to refine the Falcon Bolt’s performance characteristics. Testing methods include static pull testing, independent dynamic testing at Canmet and in situ installation verification.

Keywords: self-drilling bolt, rockbolt installation efficiency, rockbolt design, dynamic ground support

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