Behavior of a deep hole drilled in ice at Vostok Station

Title Behavior of a deep hole drilled in ice at Vostok Station
Publication Type
Journal Article
Year
1994
Author(s) Tchistiakov VK , Kracile A, Volodya Ya Lipenkov, Balestrieri JPh, Claude Rado, Jean R Petit
Journal/ Publication
Memoirs of National Institute of Polar Research. Special issue 49
Pagination
247-255
ISSN
03860744
Abstract

A coring hole (5G) was drilled at Vostok station down to the depth of 2500m using an electro-thermal drilling system. Relationships between ice core, hole diameters, and drill speed are presented. The hole was only partially filled with fluid (of density of 860kg m-3) so that ice pressure was not counter-balanced by the fluid column. After one year, diameter us, depth was measured. The hole deformation was found to be significant for depths below 1500m. The hole closure rate is in agreement with the law proposed by PATERSON (Rev. Geophys. Space Phys., 15,47,1977) and extrapolated to Vostok conditions as well as with previous studies from BLINOV and DMITRIEV (Antarktika, 26,95,1987). This information as well as the data from the fluid density properties is used to predict the hole closure for greater depths. Due to some drawbacks in using a high density fluid for thermal drilling operations a technical strategy for drilling toward 3000m is presented.

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Special Collections International Workshop on Ice Drilling Technology Series, 4th International Workshop on Ice Drilling Technology
Categories Borehole Closure, Deep Drilling, Drilling Fluids
Citation Tchistiakov VK , Kracile A, Volodya Ya Lipenkov, Balestrieri JPh, Claude Rado, Jean R Petit ( 1994 ) Behavior of a deep hole drilled in ice at Vostok Station. Memoirs of National Institute of Polar Research. Special issue 49 , 247-255 .
Lead Author
Tchistiakov VK