RAM-2 Drill system development: an upgrade of the Rapid Air Movement Drill

Title RAM-2 Drill system development: an upgrade of the Rapid Air Movement Drill
Publication Type
Journal Article
Year
2020
Author(s) Chris J Gibson , Grant Boeckmann, Zachary Meulemans, Tanner W Kuhl, Jim Koehler, Jay A Johnson, Kristina R Slawny
Journal/ Publication
Annals of Glaciology
Pagination
1-10
Abstract

Significant upgrades to the Rapid Air Movement (RAM) Drill were developed and tested by the US Ice Drilling Program in 2016 through 2020 for the U.S. National Science Foundation. The design of the system leverages the existing infrastructure of the RAM Drill with the goal of greatly reducing the logistical burden of deploying the drill while maintaining the ability to drill an access hole in firn and ice to 100 m in 40 min or less. In this paper, characteristics of the drill are described, along with a description of the drill performance during the testing at Raven Camp in Greenland and at WAIS Divide Camp in Antarctica.

DOI
10.1017/aog.2020.72
File
URL
Special Collections International Workshop on Ice Drilling Technology Series, 8th International Ice Drill Symposium
Categories Air Drilling (Compressed; Reverse Circulation), Fast Access
Equipment RAM Drill (U.S.)
Citation Chris J Gibson , Grant Boeckmann, Zachary Meulemans, Tanner W Kuhl, Jim Koehler, Jay A Johnson, Kristina R Slawny ( 2020 ) RAM-2 Drill system development: an upgrade of the Rapid Air Movement Drill. Annals of Glaciology , 1-10 . doi: 10.1017/aog.2020.72
Lead Author
Chris J Gibson