Rock Drilling Articles

  • The mechanism and law of wellbore instability due to drill string impact in air drilling

    Due to the low density and small damping factor of gas, drill string vibration in air drilling is much more violent than that in mud. Drill string impact on wellbore wall has a vital effect on wellbore stability in many cases. However, there are few researches about drill string impact on wellbore wall so far. In this paper, the calculation model of drill string impact on wellbore wall was ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Acoustic fingerprinting for rock identification during drilling

    During the process of mining, it is imperative to know the type and properties of the rocks being handled. The current technology for this involves core drilling, and subsequently subjecting the drilled cores to various tests in the laboratory, to identify the rocks and establish their properties. In many cases, obtaining a sample may be cumbersome and/or non–profitable. This paper presents a ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Coiled Tube Turbodrilling: a proposed technology to optimise drilling deep hard rocks for mineral exploration

    The need to drill deep boreholes more efficiently for mineral exploration has raised the attention to investigate the feasibility of recent drilling technologies for such applications. The two principal methods of Reverse Circulation (RC) and diamond core drilling are usually used in combination by mine operators are subjected to certain limitations and inefficiencies. Considering that delivering ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Oil & Gas exploration access road (Orito - Putumayo, Colombia) case study

    Background: Ecopetrol, one of the principal petroleum companies in latin america, has been expanding its reach deeper into the forests of Colombia. Drilling exploratory wells in remote locations such as the Putumayo basin concurs with a very aggressive growth strategy. The area around Orito is an extremely dense, undulating forest with poor soils and wet subgrades, nearly impossible to drive ...

  • Fracture and Cavity Detection and Mapping in construction foundations case study-2

    Area of Implementation: Rethymno, Crete, Hellas System Used : SIR-10A (GSSI) w Antenna 300MHz (GSSI) Scope : To detect and map fractures and cavities in bedrock at a water tank construction site Method of investigation: Profile Grid: Profiles A to D and 1 to 10. Α1, Α2, Α3, A4 & A5: drill holes, profile ...


    By Geomorph Instruments

  • Case Study: Granite Rock

    The world is changing. Consider the environment: In just a couple of decades, our knowledge of the world around us and how we affect it has caused significant shifts in the way we act. The best example of this lies with our corporate culture, as companies have to consider their impact on the world as well as their overall profitability. Industries that rely on the earth are in a precarious ...


    By Willowstick Technologies LLC

  • Thermal stress on bottom hole rock of gas drilling

    Gas drilling has higher penetration than mud drilling. The greatest reason for this phenomenon with gas is that the gas is greatly cooled by expansion as it passes through the bit and thereby cools the bottom of the hole. The thermal stress at bottom–hole occurs during this process. The concept of thermal crushing of rocks is analysed in this study. The theoretical methods are developed to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A fuzzy logic based classification for assessing of rock mass drillability

    This paper describes a fuzzy classification system for evaluating of rock mass drillability. Six parameters; Uniaxial Compressive Strength (UCS), joints dipping, Mohs hardness, joints aperture, joints spacing and grain size have been used. In this fuzzy system, each rock mass is classified into five modes from very poor to excellent condition. As a case study, 15 rock masses in two mines in Iran ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A new approach for estimation of properties of metamorphic rocks

    Rock properties play an important role in the preliminary design of structures. This research focuses on developing empirical models using multiple regression technique for prediction of physical properties of metamorphic rocks. The model considers the following parameters: drill bit diameter, bit speed, penetration rate and equivalent sound level produced during drilling. The F-test was used to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Backreaming through rock — with AXIS Guided Boring System

    Taking on a challenge is nothing out of the ordinary for the experienced trenchless installation experts at Midwest Mole. Since its founding in 1982, the Indianapolis-based contactor has earned a reputation for installation innovation; overcoming obstacles and defying the odds. So, these trenchless pros didn’t hesitate to take on another challenge despite the recognition that they would ...


    By Vermeer

  • Ask a FLUMP Expert. Seven ways to Secure your Traverse System

    -For full article with pictures go here:  http://www.crisafullipumps.com/dredging-world-news/   When using an unmanned dredge, the propulsion system is critical.  The FLUMP, SRS Crisafulli's unmanned dredge, propels itself along a traverse cable. The drive system ...


    By SRS Crisafulli, Inc.

  • Installing gravity sewer in tough Georgia rock

    It took a contractor who was receptive to an innovative new installation approach, a good deal of patience and a whole lot of determination — after two previous attempts by other contractors using drills and air hammers were unsuccessful — to finally conquer a pesky 800-foot (243.8 m) stretch of tough Georgia blue granite. Hence, project owner Coweta County Water and Sewer Authority ...


    By Vermeer

  • Estimating rock properties using sound level during drilling: field investigation

    The process of drilling, in general, always produces sound as a by-product. Sound is used as a diagnostic tool for identification of faulty components in the mechanical industry. However, its application in the mining industry for estimating rock properties has not been much explored. Knowledge of rock properties is essential for mine planning and design. An attempt has been made in this paper to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • For a successful finish, you need to start with the right tools

    Proper tool selection and pre-planning helps minimize mistakes When Brian Kenkel decided the time was right to start his own business, there were several underground drilling contractors already firmly established. Having been involved with horizontal directional drilling (HDD) for several years before he and two business partners founded Hurk Underground, based in Grinnell, Iowa, ...


    By Vermeer

  • A comparison of two instructional approaches in teaching underground rock bolt installation with a Jackleg Drill

    An integrated hypermedia training tool on underground rock bolting was evaluated using qualitative and quantitative methodologies to compare it with the traditional method of training underground rock bolters. Usability experiments performed underscore the need to evaluate a new product to ensure that it meets the requirements of users. Statistical results from comparative experiment indicate ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Exhaust Purifier for Rock Drill

    Description Gardner Denver MK45H rock drill. Challenge A universal exhaust purifier was required that could easily be retrofitted into the vehicle exhaust pipe. Solution DCL supplied an exhaust purifier with connection cones to match the vehicle exhaust tube diameter. The unit was connected to the exhaust tube with standard muffler u-clamps. Quick-release clamps on ...


    By DCL International Inc.

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