|Title||Progress of the RADIX (Rapid Access Drilling and Ice eXtraction) fast-access drilling system|
|Author(s)||Jakob Schwander , Thomas F Stocker, Remo Walther, Samuel Marending|
RADIX (Rapid Access Drilling and Ice eXtraction) is a prospecting drilling system that has been designed, realized and tested on polar ice sheets. The goal of RADIX is to provide rapid, deep access for sampling of ice and downhole physical measurements that inform about ice sheet age and history and the integrity of layering. A 20 mm access hole is drilled with a hydraulic coiled tubing system where the tube consists of a plastic hose. The ice cuttings are flushed to the surface in normal circulation, i.e., between the hose and borehole wall, and can be sampled for analysis. After drilling, a dedicated logger with a 15 mm diameter is deployed into the hole for measuring the geometric orientation of the hole, the temperature profile and the dust content in the surrounding ice (optical dust logger). The equipment has been tested and improved during six field projects in Greenland and Antarctica. It is designed to ultimately drill through a 3000 m ice sheet within roughly 1 week. The greatest depth reached so far was 324 m during the last field project at Little Dome C.
|Special Collections||Ice Drilling Technology Publication|
|Categories||Borehole Logging, Deep Drilling, Fast Access, Lightweight/Portable|
|Equipment||Rapid Access Drilling and Ice eXtraction (RADIX)|
|Citation||Jakob Schwander , Thomas F Stocker, Remo Walther, Samuel Marending ( 2023 ) Progress of the RADIX (Rapid Access Drilling and Ice eXtraction) fast-access drilling system. The Cryosphere , 17 , 3 , . doi: 10.5194/tc-17-1151-2023|