Sidewinder Power Drive

Description

The Sidewinder is not a drill, but is a drive/lifting system used in conjunction with hand augers. It is driven by an electric motor (power hand drill) and a winching system to help in both lowering and retrieving the drill string. The power hand drill component can also be used to help spin the hand auger barrel itself during drilling. The Sidewinder extends the maximum practical depth of coring with a hand auger to about 40 meters.

Like the hand augers, the Sidewinders are typically operated by investigators without assistance from IDP equipment operators.

Equipment Details

Name Sidewinder Power Drive
Type
Type
Power unit for hand augers
Number in Inventory
Number in Inventory
5
Max. Practical Depth
Max. Practical Depth
40 m
Hole Diameter
Hole Diameter
[NA]
Ice Core Diameter
Ice Core Diameter
[NA]
Ice Core Length
Ice Core Length
[NA]
IDP Driller Required?
IDP Driller Required?
No (while 1 person can operate the Sidewinder, a 2-person crew helps share the labor and speeds up the cycle time)
Power Requirements/Source
Power Requirements/Source
2 kW generator or solar cells
Estimated Drilling Time
Estimated Drilling Time

5 m - 2 hours
10 m - 3 hours
20 m - 5 hours
30 m - 8 hours
40 m - 12 hours

Time to Move (breakdown and setup)
Time to Move (breakdown and setup)
<1 hour
Helicopter Transportable?
Helicopter Transportable?
Yes
Light Aircraft Transportable?
Light Aircraft Transportable?
Yes
Shipping Weight
Shipping Weight

180 lbs

Shipping Volume (Cube)
Shipping Cube

6 (does not include generator or hand auger)

Comments
Comments

Shipping weight includes generator but not hand auger. 130 lb shipping weight w/o generator.

Documents

Citation Year
IDDO (2009) Hand Augers, Sidewinder Operator Manual. 1-11. 2009
Jay D Kyne, Joseph McConnell (2007) The SideWinder for powering a hand-coring auger in drilling and lifting. Annals of Glaciology, 47, 101-104. doi: 10.3189/172756407786857721. https://doi.org/10.3189/172756407786857721 2007

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Project History

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2019 Arctic - Greenland: Quantifying Heat/Mass Structure and Fluxes through the Full Thickness of Greenland's Percolation Zone
2019 Arctic - Greenland: Refreezing in the Firn of the Greenland Ice Sheet
2018 Arctic - Alaska: Measuring snow compaction on ice sheets to better quantify ice-sheet changes
2018 Arctic - Greenland: Refreezing in the Firn of the Greenland Ice Sheet
2018 Arctic - Greenland: Quantifying Heat/Mass Structure and Fluxes through the Full Thickness of Greenland's Percolation Zone
2017 Arctic - Greenland: Refreezing in the Firn of the Greenland Ice Sheet
2017 Arctic - Greenland: a Greenland Traverse for Accumulation and Climate Studies (GreenTrACS)
2016 Arctic - Greenland: a Greenland Traverse for Accumulation and Climate Studies (GreenTrACS)
2016 Arctic - Wyoming: Biodiversity of the Longue Durée
2015-2016 Antarctic - Hunting for 1 Million Year Old Ice in the Allan Hills Blue Ice Area
2014 Arctic - Greenland: Response of the NW Greenland Cryosphere to Holocene Climate Change
2014 Arctic - Greenland: Closing the Isotope Hydrology at Summit
2013 Arctic - Wyoming: Prairie Dog Drilling Near the Twin Lakes Ice Patches of Northern Wyoming
2013 Arctic - Montana: Exploring Internal Structures of Ice Patches in Glacier National Park
2013 Arctic - Alaska: McCall Glacier Ice Cores

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