|Title||IceCube Enhanced Hot Water Drill functional description|
|Author(s)||Terry Benson , Jeff Cherwinka, Michael Duvernois, Alan Elcheikh, Farshid Feyzi, Lee Greenler, James Haugen, Albrecht Karle, Mark Mulligan, Robert Paulos|
Annals of Glaciology
The IceCube Neutrino Observatory was constructed at the South Pole during the 2004/05 to 2010/11 austral summer seasons. IceCube transforms 1 km3 of Antarctic ice into an astrophysical particle detector composed of 86 cables (strings) of optical sensors buried deep beneath the surface. Each string required drilling a borehole ∼60 cm in diameter to a depth of 2500 m. The 5 MW Enhanced Hot Water Drill was designed and built specifically for this task, capable of producing the required boreholes at a rate of one hole per 48 hours. Hot-water drilling on this scale presented unique challenges and was rich in lessons learned, yielding a collection of notable developments and takeaways (e.g. fuel-saving measures, thermal modeling, firn drilling and closed-loop computer control). Descriptions of system functionality and of lessons learned from IceCube drilling are presented.
|Special Collections||International Workshop on Ice Drilling Technology Series, 7th International Workshop on Ice Drilling Technology|
|Categories||Hot-Point Drills, Hot Water Drilling|
|Citation||Terry Benson , Jeff Cherwinka, Michael Duvernois, Alan Elcheikh, Farshid Feyzi, Lee Greenler, James Haugen, Albrecht Karle, Mark Mulligan, Robert Paulos ( 2014 ) IceCube Enhanced Hot Water Drill functional description. Annals of Glaciology , 55 , 68 , 104-114 . doi: 10.3189/2014AoG68A032|