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    ​​​MasterRoc RBA 380 – Rapid Results without Compromising Safety​

    When it comes to mining and underground construction, safety is paramount – especially when it comes to the stability of the strata.

    Ensuring the stability of the strata is a critical factor in protecting both the personnel and the mine itself.

    Over many decades, rock bolting has proven to be a safe and highly reliable method of addressing geotechnical challenges such as the rock stresses affecting the strata, however, the rock bolting process itself has traditionally been extremely time-consuming. 

    Typically, cementitious grouts are used to encapsulate self-drilling anchors (SDAs), which, in themselves, can pose hazards to contractors such as dust inhalation and burns. With traditional cementitious grouts taking as long as 12 hours to cure, mining teams lose critical heading time while waiting for the rock bolting grout to achieve the required strengths.   
    Recognising that trading-off safety for construction speed or productivity is simply not an option, the Master Builders Solutions, Global R&D Team has developed an innovative high-performance rock bolt anchoring resin that delivers rapid results without any compromise on safety.

    Known as MasterRoc RBA 380, this remarkable new two-component, fire-resistant, thixotropic polyurea silicate rock bolt resin can deliver >35 MPa compressive strength in as little as three minutes. 

    Suitable for use on both vertical and overhead substrates without the need for additional sealing, MasterRoc RBA 380’s unique formulation ensures that it fills even the smallest cracks (≥ 0.14 mm), while at the same time, providing a long-distance pumping capability of up to 30 metres. It is ideal for both resin-into-bolt and bolt-into-resin rock bolting at all angles and can be used with both steel and glass fibre bolts. It mixes easily, even in low temperatures (> 5°C) and neither expands its volume with water nor absorbs water.

    In one of the first Australian applications, MasterRoc RBA 380 was successfully injected into twelve 9-metre SDAs at the Kanmantoo Copper Mine in South Australia. Needless to say, everyone was extremely impressed with the performance of the MasterRoc RBA 380 product, which successfully cured to 35MPa in three minutes at each of the twelve SDA locations. 
    Speaking about the MasterRoc RBA 380 trial, Jolyon Jardine, Mine Manager, Kanmantoo Copper Mine, SA said that it would significantly reduce the delays caused by rock bolting operations. “With this product, there’s no more waiting for cementitious grout to cure,” he said. “Now we can just drill, inject and mine!” 

    By choosing the MasterRoc RBA 380, contractors are now able to continue excavating safely almost instantly, as the injection resin reaches >35MPa in around 3 minutes. Its unique formulation allows for secure and precise injection to achieve fully encapsulated bolts for optimum load transfer between the strata and the rock bolt, in a fraction of the time required for traditional cementitious grouts.
    MasterRoc RBA 380 delivers the ideal combination of flexibility and performance – delivering rapid results without any compromise in safety.