Blue Ice Drill - Deep
The Blue Ice Drill - Deep (BID-Deep) is based on the original Blue Ice Drill (BID) but with greater depth capability.
The BID-Deep system was first tested in Greenland during the 2014 Arctic field season. A 187-meter core was drilled during the 2014 test, with poor core quality witnessed after approximately 140 meters. IDP engineers subsequently designed less aggressive cutters to help improve core quality at increased depths.
A subsequent test of the BID-Deep system was conducted down to 125 meters at Taylor Glacier during the 2014-15 Antarctic field season. During the test, the quality of the large-diameter core was found to suffer below a depth of 70 meters.
The BID-Deep system was further tested in Greenland during the 2015 Arctic field season using new cutters in an effort to improve core quality at depth. The drill was able to drill to approximately 155 meters using the new step cutters and trying a variety of other techniques before core quality was no longer acceptable.
The depth capability of the BID is still largely influenced by site/ice characteristics.
|Name||Blue Ice Drill (BID) - Deep|
|Number in Inventory||1|
|Max. Practical Depth||200 meters. The depth capability of the BID-Deep is largely influenced by site/ice characteristics. See text above for previous depth limits.|
|Hole Diameter||288 mm (11.3 inches)|
|Core Diameter||241 mm (9.5 inches)|
|Core Length||1.0 m|
|IDP Driller Required?||Yes, 2 drillers|
|Drill Fluid Required?||No|
|Power requirements/source||120v, 5kW generator|
|Estimated Drilling Time||50 m - 12 hours
100 m - 25 hours
150 m - 40 hours
200 m - 60 hours
|Time to move (breakdown and setup)||4 hours|
|Light Aircraft Transportable?||Yes|
|Shipping Weight||4,300 lbs|