Hand Auger, SIPRE

Description

The hand auger is the most basic of the mechanical drills and is driven from the surface by extensions that are added as drilling proceeds into the ice.

IDP primarily deploys two types of hand augers:

  • SIPRE: 3-inch (76 mm) core
  • IDDO: 3-inch (76 mm) and 4-inch (101 mm) core

The SIPRE system takes half-meter cores, while the IDDO systems can be configured to take either half-meter or one-meter cores. IDP also has PICO hand auger kits in inventory (3 and 4-inch cores), though most components have aged beyond their useful life and are slated for decommissioning and disposal. The maximum depth to which hand augers can be used without power assistance (see Sidewinder) is approximately 20 meters. Hand augers are typically operated by investigators without assistance from IDP equipment operators.

Hand augers are individually packed and assigned to investigators, depending on project needs. Augers for users traveling through McMurdo Station are individually packed by IDP and sent to the BFC (Berg Field Center) for distribution to the specified field project. Drills for use elsewhere are shipped directly to the individual investigators or to the field sites.

The SIPRE auger is made from stainless steel and is consequently heavy. However, this weight helps its penetration. Quick-release pins hold the extensions together for rapid assembly and disassembly. A simple taper on the inside of the SIPRE core head uses the wedging effect of chips inside the core barrel to break and hold the core. This is effective in firn and brittle ice, but not in tough ice or wet ice. Narrow and wide kerf versions of the SIPRE auger are available.

Equipment Details

Name Hand Auger, SIPRE
Type
Type
Ice coring
Number in Inventory
Number in Inventory
9
Max. Practical Depth
Max. Practical Depth
6 m
Hole Diameter
Hole Diameter
120 mm (4.7-inches)
Ice Core Diameter
Ice Core Diameter
76 mm (3-inches)
Ice Core Length
Ice Core Length
0.5 m
IDP Driller Required?
IDP Driller Required?
No
Drill Fluid Required?
Drill Fluid Required?
No
Power Requirements/Source
Power Requirements/Source
Hand-powered or Stihl BT121 powerhead
Estimated Drilling Time
Estimated Drilling Time

6 m - 2 hours

Time to Move (breakdown and setup)
Time to Move (breakdown and setup)
15 minutes
Helicopter Transportable?
Helicopter Transportable?
Yes
Light Aircraft Transportable?
Light Aircraft Transportable?
Yes
Shipping Weight
Shipping Weight

85 lbs for 6 meter kit

Shipping Volume (Cube)
Shipping Cube

6

Comments
Comments

Current inventory:

  • 3 narrow kerf kits
  • 6 wide kerf kits

The SIPRE auger is made from stainless steel and is consequently heavier than the IDDO and PICO augers.

Documents

Citation Year
U.S. Ice Drilling Program (2019) SIPRE Hand Auger Operations and Maintenance Manual. 1-16. 2019

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